McMaster Students Union stands with all students combatting anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism
June 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm
McMaster Students Union stands with all students combatting anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, and recognizes both the realities and the dangers of police brutality both across the border, as well as here in Canada.
In light of the tragic deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, D’Andre Campbell and countless other lives lost to police brutality, the MSU stands in solidarity with those calling out and combatting racism and police violence. For this reason, we call on McMaster Security Services to release all aggregated data relating to stops, detainments and arrests made on campus, as well as the demographic data of those individuals.
In Canada, Black and Indigenous people are disproportionately more likely to experience police violence, racial profiling and discrimination. Between 2013 and 2017, Black communities made up 4% of the Canadian population, however accounted for 70% of police shootings resulting in death or injury, and 61% of ‘use-of-force’ cases resulting in death. As of 2019, over one third of all RCMP lethal uses of force have killed Indigenous peoples, while Indigenous peoples in Canada account for 4.9% of the country’s population.
Canada’s legacy of colonialism means that our social institutions cannot be free from racism unless we actively call for transparency and commit ourselves to anti-racism work. The MSU must also analyze itself in relation to its legacies of colonialism and work to combat racism within our organization and in the broader McMaster community.
We send our support to Black, Indigenous and racialized students during this time and encourage students who wish to, to organize safely given the COVID-19 pandemic, with appropriate personal protective equipment and in trusted spaces under trusted organizers. Your life matters, and you should not have to live in fear.
We also want to highlight the importance of self-care and prioritizing one’s mental health during this time. Black, Indigenous and racialized students are living through a global pandemic alongside facing the emotional burden of the realities of police brutality. Please do what you need to protect your own well-being and preserve your mental health, whether this includes reaching out to friends and loved ones for support or taking a break from the news.
Now more than ever is the time for meaningful and robust allyship. For non-racialized students, reach out to your racialized peers to offer support, conduct your own personal research on the experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized students as well as the legacies of colonialism and systemic racism in Canada.
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