Not just Atlanta, but also Victoria, B.C.

22.03.2021 - Global Voices Online

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Not just Atlanta, but also Victoria, B.C.
I like to walk around at night taking snapshots of Victoria, B.C. Not everybody can do that right now. Photo by Nevin Thompson (Image by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.)

Acknowledging the racism and white supremacy embedded in Canadian society

Written by Nevin Thompson

This article was adapted from a personal essay originally published on Facebook and Medium.

On Wednesday, March 17, a terrible mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia killed eight women. A white man targeted Asian people, targeted women, and targeted typically vulnerable, and stigmatized people who rely on jobs often categorized as sex work to pay the bills.

I live in Victoria, British Columbia. Compared to nearby Vancouver, Victoria is a predominantly white city. We’re also on an island, and I get the sense that shootings and other racial violence are perceived as happening someplace else. However, I think that the white supremacy and misogyny we read about in the news isn’t far away at all. Instead, racism and oppression is embedded in the fabric of Canadian society.

I’m also not blaming the school for failing to do the right thing when notified of a racist incident. It is a systemic and cultural problem with how we as a society fail to prioritize or even understand justice and accountability. In the context of systemic racism, the principal was equipped with no tools or understanding of how to make things right.



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