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.
‘Please. Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe.’— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 27, 2020
Black man George Floyd died shortly after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck (warning: distressing) pic.twitter.com/kMPiILRUqR
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.
We can say we're disappointed in America all we like, but what happened to George Floyd happens here in Canada too.— M (@emmaecooper_) May 28, 2020
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.
While we are showing rage over George floyd, lets also bring up whats happening in ontari canada. Regis Korchinski-Paquet was said to have ended her own life by jumping off a roof, But according to eye witnesses, she was thrown off by police. #JusticeForRegisKorchinski #Blm— Michael 🥰 (@MichaelMell_kin) May 29, 2020
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.
WATCH: @JustinTrudeau says that as Canadians watch the protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, we must acknowledge that anti-black racism is alive in Canada as well. pic.twitter.com/f18aTjlKMn— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) May 29, 2020
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."
A lot of self congratulatory Canadians, praising their good fortune for being citizens of a country without an American level of institutionalized racism against its Black citizens. You’re all correct, in Canada we structurally oppress Indigenous peoples pic.twitter.com/chHOURjCEP— Ingle Witch (@IngleWitch) May 29, 2020
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".
Whether you're in America or here at home in Canada I need you to hear this:— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) May 29, 2020
Black lives matter.
Indigenous lives matter.
And we must demand it.
George Floyd 💔
Regis Korchinski-Paquet 💔
Stewart Kevin Andrews 💔
And in memory of too many others.
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."
Daily Reminder: Racism exists in Canada. Don't try to bring the narrative that "omg this wouldn't happen here" its ugly and ignorant.— Blue Ivy’s Life Matters 💙 (@_caatjoy) May 29, 2020
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.
Police officials claim they made the arrest of the CNN crew because the reporters allegedly did not move when asked to. Live footage, however, shows Omar Jimenez, a reporter for CNN who is black, politely telling police officers that they were complying https://t.co/j5hEJONJmP pic.twitter.com/JWOi6CEgIO— TIME (@TIME) May 29, 2020
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.
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