We’re smug about violent racism in the U.S., but there’s blood on Canadian hands, too


The collective denial that racist violence happens in Canada is incomprehensible. There’s a strange thing that happens in Canada when we are exposed to the murders of black people in the U.S. Every time we bear witness to the violation of black lives in America, Canadians relish in smuggery. It’s incomprehensible to me that we share this collective denial and are shocked every time the news reports on yet another black life taken with violence — though we easily dismiss the blood on our country’s hands. The never-ending list of names of black and Indigenous people taken fatally by our police continues to grow, with most of the country unaware of these injustices. From the assault of Dalia Kafi in 2017 by Calgary police officer Alex Dunn, to the shooting and killing of Eisha Hudson in 2020 by Winnipeg police, and the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in 2020 involving the Toronto police, we are not free from police brutality and violent white supremacy in this country. These are some of my honest frustrations seeing the Canadian reaction to anti-Blackness in the U.S.

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