The Melange of Cultures of Fans Supporting The Toronto Raptors
Canada is about hockey but Toronto, we now know, is about the Raptors. They represent brilliantly the inclusive diversity and the melange of cultures of the place, where over half its people identify as visible minorities. It’s reflected in the team, the fans in the arena, and especially outside. You don’t have to get far beyond the GTA to start losing that quality.
They always had it but more so with Masai Ujiri in charge.
When French CBC reporters ask questions at media events and African-born Pascal Siakam or Serge Ibaka answer in French, it feels so normal.
Hockey’s problem isn’t just that it’s still so white. It priced itself out of a role. Not only the tickets. Playing it requires expensive stuff, especially for your kids, who keep growing. Diversity plus economic accessibility was a winner.
I say this a bit sadly, as someone who’s held onto Leafs tickets for over 40 years. And I still love how Leafs players are often actually from here.
Raptors, I thought when they began. Awful name. Now they’re us.