After 2020’s racial reckoning, black activists urge Canadians to keep conversation going

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Activists call for open conversations about race as pandemic threatens to stall movement for more equality. In late November, comedian Ola Dada and his girlfriend were visiting a family member at a hotel in Vancouver. While outside, they noticed a group of young people throwing firecrackers from one of the hotel balconies. Dada says they were hitting his car, so he ran over to say something. The reaction he got from one of the hotel guests, a young woman, shocked him. “All I said was, ‘Stop throwing firecrackers at my car,’ and then the immediate response was, ‘Get away, N-bomb, N-bomb, N-bomb, you can’t do anything N-bomb,'” said Dada.