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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use. This feeling does not only come from being subject to anti-black racism in multiple domains of social, economic, cultural and civic life in Canada. It is overwhelmingly the result of carrying the exhausting burden of having to convince others of the truth of your lived experience. In Halifax, a coalition of black organizations and their allies called for a country-wide ban on displaying the Confederate flag.

In Ottawa, a mural memorializing Sandra Bland, a black woman who recently died in ominously suspicious circumstances while in the custody of a Texan police force, was defaced with graffiti. And in Hamilton, the local police service is denying that racism plays any role in the fact that its own stats evidence that officers disproportionately target, stop, question and collect the personal information Black young ladies in Canada young black people in that city.

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Today, we can now see that Black people are disproportionately overrepresented in Canadian prisons and Canadian jails. But it was important to me to tell a longer story, one that shows that anti-Black racism has persisted for centuries.

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