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Here's how Canada reacted to the killing of George Floyd and the riots in Minnesota

The riots and protests in Minneapolis continue following the death of George Floyd, a Black man whose murder during a police arrest was captured on video, and Canadians continue to watch the fiery scene unfold over social media. 

The anti-Black racism that took Floyd's life has dictated this week's discourse both north and south of the border, with one resounding theme from Canadian Twitter: it doesn't just happen in America. 

Coupled with the recent death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a Toronto woman whose death is now under investigation by Ontario's police watchdog unit, and the case of Canadian Amy Cooper's racist actions in Central Park, details of egregious anti-Black racism in Canada continue to flood our feeds.

In the wake of President Trump's tweet, which threatened the deployment of the U.S. military if protests continued in Minneapolis, and a statement from former president Barack Obama, regular citizenry and notable Canadian figures alike have joined the chorus of online voices to condemn anti-Black violence by police. 

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a statement today regarding Floyd's death, addressing Canada's own issue with racism.

"Anti-Black racism, racism is real, it's in the United States but it's also in Canada, and we know that people are facing systemic discrimination, unconscious bias, and anti-black racism, every single day." 

People were quick to point out Canada's history of systemic racism against Indigenous people. Oh, and the PM's own history of exhibited racism, specifically the photos that were leaked of him donning blackface

Same goes for the Leader of Canada's Conservative Party, Andrew Scheer, who said he was "troubled by the killing of George Floyd". 

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh also released a statement earlier in the day: "Anti-Black and Indigenous racism aren't a coincidence. These are decades of policies that have systemically undervalued human life - by design." 

The last 24 hours alone has seen a number of developments, including the arrest of the police officer, Derek Michael Chauvin, who killed Floyd. He's since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. 

And ealry this morning, CNN journalist Omar Jiminez and his production team were arrested while covering the protest in Minneapolis. According to CNN, Jiminez, who is Black and Latino, allegedly received much different treatment than fellow reporter Josh Campbell, who was allowed to remain on site. 

Lead photo by

Lori Shaull

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