Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fighting Racism Where Black Folks Are Nearly Invisible - ADVOCATE

by Orie Givens
Originally published: July 20, 2016

Faced with an ever-growing list of black Americans killed by police across the U.S., it's easy to think that our northern neighbors live in a utopian society free from the racism and antiblack attitudes that have long gripped this nation. 

And with a potential President Trump, there's no shortage of Americans ready to hop the border to Canada, eager to embrace the nation's approach to multiculturalism. Some people have even suggested that Canada could serve as a haven for black Americans. But the reality of black life in Canada isn't completely idyllic; racism doesn't end at our northern border. That's why activists with Black Lives Matter Toronto are eager to school their fellow Canadians about the practices and policies that disproportionately affect Canadian black lives.