The Scarlet Standard: Episode 1 – The Christie Pits Riot

In this inaugural episode we discuss the legacy of The Christie Pits Riot of August 1933. As the largest riot in Toronto’s history, this event stands as a watershed moment in Canadian-Jewish history, and should be regarded as a great act of anti-fascist resistance. Today, echoes of this history can be seen in rising tides of fascist violence, the bizarre relationship between Canadian police and Nazism, and the courageous efforts of protesters in the Black Lives Matter Movement.

We learned a great deal from reading Cyril Levitt and William Shaffir’s book The Riot at Christie Pits, and we recommend you do the same.