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Center on Hate, Bias, and Extremism

 We have all witnessed the dramatic increase in hate-motivated crimes across Canada and the multiple forms of extremism on the rise globally. Now is the time to pursue a more inclusive and equitable future for all, and Ontario Tech University is leading the charge.

Statement on Recent Protests
(June 3, 2020)

George Floyd. Regis Korchinski-Paquet; Breonna Taylor. These are just the latest in a long registry of names of people who have lost their lives due to the systemic, institutionalized, and historically constituted racism attached to policing. There is reason to be fearful that more deaths will occur in the midst of the violence tearing America apart. Violence that is fueled by a President who is explicit in his racism, by more police oppression, and by a white supremacist movement intent on exploiting black anger to accelerate the inevitable “race war.” When will we as a nation, as a society, say:  enough is enough?

As Canadians, in particular, we like to think that racism and violent oppression of our racialized brothers and sisters is a thing of the past. These tragic incidents over the past week put lie to that myth. Like our neighbours to the south, we remain entangled in that historical legacy that treats people of colour as “less than.” As one of the most multicultural nations in the world, we have a responsibility to lead in condemning the violence that continues to impact racialized communities and the forces that enable it. This involves recognizing that such subjugation reflects more than just individual pathologies and is in fact deeply embedded in wider social-economic processes. And it involves using every opportunity to raise our voice and act against violent racism and discrimination. We must act collectively to create a new chapter in our journey toward the realization of human rights, dignity and safety for all people.