White Supremacy ... in Canada? (Race Relations Canada Newsletter)
August 25, 2017
Updated March 6, 2018
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Let’s cut to the chase and talk about what everyone, okay almost everyone, has been talking about over the last week or so: white supremacy. The events that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA provided a platform for an international discussion surrounding white supremacy, a discussion that’s been much needed given the state of racial/ethnic relations in North America especially.
Let’s be clear though: although the tragedy of Charlottesville has propelled the white supremacist discourse to a larger stage, there have been many people (especially people of colour) who were already aware of the ways that white supremacy existed visibly (ie. in organized groups) and invisibly (ie. systems and structures) in their own nation’s context. That being said, permit me to share with you the top two reasons why Canadians should view the events that occurred in Charlottesville as a warning flare:
I believe that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who learn primarily through personal experience and those who learn primarily from the experiences of others. Charlottesville and the United States as a whole is offering humanity a learning opportunity at great expense to themselves. This opportunity is no different than that which any other nation over the ages has offered during time of turmoil. The question is: what will Canada, and more specifically the Canadian church, choose to do with this learning experience? I pray that we will be introspective and choose to be proactive rather than reactive so that we can truly live as reconciled people that seek the shalom of the places where we live.
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