Toronto Life's Troubling Tropes About People Of Colour
Toronto Life’s Troubling Tropes About People Of Colour
There's a pattern of portraying non-white professionals as dangerously deceptive

In its June issue, Toronto Life published the tragic story of the murder of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a creek near Vaughan. Her husband, Dr. Muhammad Shamji, is currently on trial for her murder. The story, written by Michael Lista, paints a picture of an abusive relationship hidden behind the façade of an idyllic marriage. Well-written and thorough, the piece serves as a grim reminder of the violence against women that is present in even the upper echelons of society.

But the article also served as another example of a troubling trend that runs through Toronto Life crime stories, particularly those that involve people of colour.

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