As Independent Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, a highly regarded social worker, researcher, educator and community activist, told The Hill Times last week, “the reality of anti-Black racism, the violence of racism, the reality of racism in this country, seems to be lost on people. And I find that very annoying … [that] we still insist on this default narrative that says we’re not as bad as they are in the U.S.” For a lot of white people, unfortunately, it took the death of George Floyd, an American Black man, who was killed by a white police officer in broad daylight on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while three other police officers stood by, to finally wake them up. Captured by video, the horrifying and ugly calmness of the violence against one Black man ignited a firestorm of worldwide protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality in the U.S. But it also ignited a worldwide protest against all racism and police brutality everywhere, including in Canada, which has a long history of both anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism.
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