Garry Steckles looks at RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, being screened in Canada, for The Star.
The year is 1974, and the Ontario Provincial Police has just distributed its updated list of the 10 most wanted criminals in the province. It lands on the news desk of the Toronto Star.
The OPP communiqué identifies all 10 villains in painstaking detail. But there is no mention of the religion of nine of them. The 10th just happens to have dreadlocks and is, according to the OPP, “a Rastafarian.”
The editors decide to cut that reference out, on the not unreasonable grounds that (a) not everyone with locks is Rastafarian and (b) if you’re going to print one person’s religion, you’re obliged to print all 10 . . . and then deal with the uproar that would inevitably ensue.
Fast forward almost three decades, and how Toronto has changed.
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