I think I distracted our resident DOT guru to the point that we didn’t think of drafting a DOT for today so unless someone edits this before it publishes, you’re stuck with me and, even worse, you’re stuck with me without an editor…
I have to be honest about something…from SplinterRIP to DeadspinRIP (unless I posted them myself with editors helping) to Deadsplinter…I rarely actually READ the posts. I’m often too busy doing other things i.e. ensuring things are posted the way I want them to be posted, fooling myself into thinking the authors give a shit how I want things to be posted, and pestering them to write more posts the way I want them to be posted. Granted…they’re a lovely bunch who, admittedly, are pretty good at pretending to give a shit how I want them to do what they already want to do without me pestering them. That’s why I am basically behind the scenes. I’m simply here to make sure they can do what they do.
They really should have known better! Anyway…
This is an open thread and I have no clue what I’m doing, BUT it is a big day for me. Every December 18th is, well, a big day for me. A day in which I am reminded that no matter how much the rest of the world thinks Justin Trudeau is a good looking nice guy in blackface…a day in which I’m reminded how no political figure in Canada actually gives a fuck about #mmiw despite the findings of the “investigation” and the “sincere apology” from Prime Minister Steve Urkel. Yes, Mr. Erkel, you really did “do that.”
It’s a day I try to remember my friend with fondness but the murder of a 14 year old girl in 1997 always results in the feeling of anger toward the injustices that plague this country in ways that many don’t see:
Between 2013 and 2017, a Black person in Toronto was nearly 20 times more likely than a White person to be involved in a fatal shooting by the Toronto Police Service (TPS). Despite making up only 8.8% of Toronto’s population, data obtained by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) shows that Black people were over-represented in use of force cases (28.8%), shootings (36%), deadly encounters (61.5%) and fatal shootings (70%). Black men make up 4.1% of Toronto’s population, yet were complainants in a quarter of SIU cases alleging sexual assault by TPS officers.
So…before I carry on with my day that will inevitably end with an attempt to understand why we tolerate living in such an unjust society, complacent with our (my) whiteness, mourning the soul of one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever encountered, standing in the soil of a place that we stole, I ask myself…am I doing enough? Have I done enough? What can I do? These are questions we all should be asking ourselves…and that is what I am doing today.
What are you doing today?