a look at some of the injustices within the United States of America,
a country that is no stranger to deep-rooted, systemic issues, including racism.
to the tune of “All Star” by Smash Mouth.
somebody once told me: “America’s so awesome!
without all our wars we’d have no peace.”
on dollar bills and TV, made sure we knew by grade three:
“you’ll be saved by the Pledge of Allegiance!”
well, the wars start coming and they don’t stop coming.
“fed up with kings, made Loyalists go running.
didn’t make sense not to live for us;
Creator of freedom is with ye!
red, White, and blue, true destiny!
ignore the protests and suffering,
the Trail of Tears, all those enslaved,
feed the melting pot and its flame.”
When asked about the protests currently happening in the United States,
Ontario Premier Doug Ford responded with the following:
There’s no doubt they have their issues in the U.S.,
People in the United States are protesting the systemic racism deeply rooted in the country,
including one of the recent murders at the hands of police;
on May 25th in Minneapolis, George Floyd, an unarmed Black man,
was murdered by a White police officer.
The officer kneeled on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds,
even after Floyd was no longer responsive.
Floyd's pleas, including "I can't breathe", were disregarded.
Three other police officers were present as the murder occurred.
People in Canada and around the world have also been protesting,
out of solidarity, and in response to the situation in their own countries.
Premier Ford's statement above is very wrong -
Canada is no stranger to deep-rooted, systemic racism.
Here are a few examples -
nobody needs to tell the Parkland survivors that their frustrations will remain and grow if no action is taken, if nothing in their country changes. the frustration will remain five, ten, fifteen years down the road, and longer. just like frustration does for the survivors of Las Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, Columbine. for the loved ones of gun-related deaths that do not get widespread news coverage. for anyone who has ever known someone who has died because of guns.