Rachel Zellars, PhD candidate with our Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), recently spoke to Radio Canada International's Carmel Kilkenny regarding the concerns of Black Lives Matter from a Canadian perspective.
The article appears in the context of the celebration of the inaugural launch of the Viola Desmond ferry in Halifax, named after the protester arrested by police for refusing to sit in the segregated area of a local movie theatre in 1946. Viola Desmond, who passed away in 1965, was a staunch supporter of education. The article also appears in the aftermath of recent violence south of the border which saw Black American citizens Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shot and killed at the hands of police officers, in separate incidents, this July 5th and 6th, respectively.
The article also makes reference to Toronto's recent Pride Parade, which featured a sit-in by Black Lives Matter organizers.
"In Canada we profile, we detain, we arrest, we incarcerate and deport black people in ways that are very similar to the US," said Rachel Zellars in part. "Our incarceration rate for Black Canadians is three times the rate that we are represented physically in this place," she added. Please click here to read the entire article.
[Read the article "Black lives mattering in Canada: history and reality," by Carmel Kilkenny, Radio Canada International, July 8, 2016]