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January 22, 2017

Up until 2 year ago my province had a river called “Nigger Rapids”, along with “nigger rock”. I won’t lie to you and tell you I knew about these spots for longer than an hour, I’m new to this. I’m thirty-four years behind when talking about Nigger Rapids.

 

I don’t know who to blame for this, I mean I know I’m partly to blame that’s for sure, I don’t think of myself as ignorant, but I do feel my refusal to educate myself about a Province that I find overtly oppressive puts at least my big toe in that column.

 

But, who else is to blame for something like this? Government? I guess you could put the onus on them, if you’re willing to admit politicians only move fast when their position is challenged by the people who elect them. And even then, if what is being asked of them diminishes their political power among their peers they are more than likely to compromise.

 

How about the people who live around these “Landmarks”? Is the word Nigger no big deal? I’m guessing the people who lived or currently live in these areas see it as something that’s always been, and because they don’t use the word in a negative fashion it really doesn’t mean anything.

 

To see a wrong, a slight, abuse, disrespect and say or do nothing. This is something I’m guilty of.

 

So tonight (morning now) I will take on a responsibility that I flirted with at a younger age. From the moment my brother brought home the Autobiography of Malcolm X (I was 8, read that cover to cover), from when my city decided it was time for recycling Collection because of a few kids in elementary school who wrote a letter to their reps. From the moment 3 kids in that same elementary a few years later challenged the faculty for not observing Black History Month. I’m here now, I’m done observing.

 

Q

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