Miss Universe Canada, first black woman to hold the title, denounces the racist comments she received online – fr

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Miss Universe Canada, first black woman to hold the title, denounces the racist comments she received online – fr


TORONTO – Miss Universe Canada 2020 Nova Stevens, the first black woman to hold the title in Canada, has made racist comments she received online.

Stevens posted a photo of herself superimposed on negative social media comments on Tuesday.

“With everything going on in the world, ‘black lives matter’, ‘Asians are human,’ you’d think it would bring us closer together. Instead, it seems some people are still stuck in their ignorant and racist ideologies, ”Stevens wrote in his Instagram caption.

Stevens said she was “really disappointed with some pageant fans from some countries.” The majority of the negative comments on her photo were in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines.

“Nobody is saying you have to support all candidates, all we’re saying is you support your delegate without bringing down the others,” Stevens said in part. “You don’t have to dim someone’s light to shine. “

Stevens then updated part of the photo caption to say that her response was “not a generalization” from Filipino fans as she was not sure which language the comments were in until. ‘she called them.

“In case it isn’t clear.” I don’t think all Filipinos are racist. It would be ridiculous to say so, ”Stevens wrote.

Stevens said she was aware that “there are several countries that think this way,” and said she shared the post as “a teaching moment so that we can make the contests fun and enjoyable for them. all ”.

“Cheer on your daughters with love and respect for the other delegates, for they too deserve the ‘Miss Universe’ crown. Spread love, not hate, ”she wrote.

Stevens will represent Canada as the first black woman to hold the title at the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Florida on May 16.

CTVNews.ca reached out to Stevens, Miss Universe and Miss Universe Canada for comment, but did not receive a response until this article was published.

In a follow-up Instagram post on Wednesday, Stevens shared another photo of herself, this time overlaid with positive comments.

“Let’s end things on a positive note. To my Filipino fans: I’m sorry if my previous post caused you any harm, ”Stevens wrote in the caption.

“My post was not meant to incite more hatred, but rather to shed light on the toxicity that sometimes comes from fans (around the world),” she added.

Justine Abigail Yu, editor-in-chief of a Filipino-Canadian magazine in Toronto that runs various writing workshops to allow people to share their various experiences of racism, told CTVNews.ca that the fight against darkness is “unfortunately a deeply rooted problem in the Philippines’ that extends to diasporic communities around the world.

Yu explained in an email Wednesday that this problem is rooted in the Philippines’ own history of colonization.

“It anchored this mentality (often without even realizing it) that our colonizers are superior to us and that we should aspire to their whiteness. The comments Ms. Stevens has received and called out are absolutely disgusting, but they are also not surprising. me, ”Yu said.

Yu, who has herself been the victim of racist attacks, said she grew up hearing damaging comments like those aimed at Stevens.

What is even more disheartening, Yu said, is that Stevens was later “charged with racism for speaking out against his wrongdoing.”

“We have a lot of work to do to free ourselves from this white supremacist system that oppresses not only black people, but all of us,” Yu said.

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