Exploring Black Lives Matter and Anti-blackness in Canada

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be exploring issues of anti-blackness in Canada. Specifically, I will be examining the social movements of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO). Over the past four years we  witness the rise of Black Lives Matter on both sides of the border raising awareness, providing support, and asking critical questions around police brutality, prison industrial complex, and anti-blackness.

Some may view the organization as only a group that protest or question their legitimacy. However, over the past four years they have garnered attention and have been able to create change through coroner’s inquest, highlighting bias in the legal justice system, and the public being more aware of police brutality cases.

Through this series, I will be examining a number of items related to BLM and anti-blackness in Canada. Some of the questions I will pose are:

How did Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter Toronto come to be?  What are they fighting for?

What separates them from past organizations such as the National Council of Jamaicans, Black Action Defense Committee, and Black Liberation Movements?

Why is it that protests by BLM and protests in the past by black people have been viewed as ‘criminal’ instead of political?

Is Canada exempt from anti-blackness?

I hope that the series will allow readers to be educated on anti-blackness and the tools that the legal system and the media use to continue this oppression. I also hope to provide some information on past social and civil movements and how they aided in the creation of BlackLivesMatter.

Photo Credit:

Melklsethian, S. (2015). #DCFerguson Solidarity with Baltimore 10 [Digital Image], Retrieved from (https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenmelkisethian/17326390285/in/photolist-sp5hbZ-kiPm9T-s6EBgK-srUNtf-9Nv8dj-T2Xhz-s7JuEz-51onL4-meBooT-amD5qM-pgoWCd-7YVBfH-s7BFzg-JF5Sbj-s9Bf6P-qcHKyV-Gno9aP-qFNVf3-x8MiH6-scCv7m-5kEtCa-8NEwq5-5e1U3o-6mJHmr-qD3HMQ-qwtNa8-7fr2Ue-7iWVsd-q1KAha-a5oF29-soTLoE-pVWHTi-9NJKMw-2T6VTF-qVs3RR-5JsjGp-pVXZJT-rsgghk-qKjnyb-s7Jxdv-7WvUsS-pnDANr-acNS4p-qDwDze-6NR1wR-CA6DBT-oJ1LYs-oJ1KLY-rjapeA-oJ1bPX)


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Alton Sterling

With the shooting death of Alton Sterling by the Baton Rouge Police Department, this adds to a list of actions that could get you killed if you’re black in the United States.

1. Selling CDs outside of a supermarket.

2. Selling cigarettes outside of a corner store.

3. Walking home with a friend.

4. Missing a front license plate.

5. Wearing a hoodie.

6. Riding a commuter train.

7. Holding a fake gun in a park in Ohio.

8. Holding a fake gun in a Walmart in Ohio.

9. Holding a fake gun in Virginia.

10. Holding a fake gun in Washington, D.C.

11. Calling for help after a car accident.

12. Driving with a broken brake light.

13. Attending a Bible study class.

14. Failing to signal a lane change.

15. Walking away from police.

16. Walking toward police.

17. Running to the bathroom in your apartment.

18. Walking up the stairwell of your apartment building.

19. Sitting in your car before your bachelor party.

20. Holding your wallet.

21. Making eye contact.

22. Attending a birthday party.

23. Laughing.