Teachers Don’t Belong in Blackface

2 min readNov 3, 2021

Not the teachable lesson we needed

Gorian Surlan — Toronto teacher in blackface

None of this would hold any weight if Canada already didn’t have previous discrepancies in the name of blackface.

But like the US, homegrown minstrel shows like Saskatoon Minstrel Show and The Saint John Amateur Athletic Club were birthed right on Canadian soil. So when Gorian Surlan shows up the Friday before Halloween in blackface to teach at…