As Canadian activist and journalist Desmond Cole recently said, “If Minneapolis hadn’t burned, would we be having this conversation…?” With the death of George Floyd and the dawning of a global movement, we—as Canadians—must also look inwards at our own racial biases and discrimination. Now is the time to do more than state “we must do better.” Now is the time to have the difficult and uncomfortable discussions about race with an open mind. Now is the time to define what “do better” means by acknowledging the past, understanding the present, and working together on a prosperous future.
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