As some of you know, there is a trucker protest happening in Ottawa, Canada based on government restrictions for covid-19. I am Big J the editor-in-chief and founder of Bytown Blog. I went to the protests and asked myself…”why aren’t there more black folks?” First and foremost…black people are typically vaccine hesitant based on the history of medical racism and we are typically in low income areas that experienced the worst side of this pandemic. Yes, it was -30 most of the weekend and yes there were reports of some white supremacists but was that the truth. In short….yes and no.
Click here for my video on day 2 of the protest where I engaged with protesters. Ultimately I figured out the answer to the title question…black folks are supporting these truckers because they are sick and tired of these endless lock downs and oppressive measure forced on us from the government. With countries like England and Denmark realizing that we must learn to live with Covid-19 it is sad to see our nation behind. Instead of focusing on the spirit of the movement…our Prime Minister chooses to point out 3-5 racist hateful individuals out of 10s of thousands of peaceful protesters. It’s sad. Black folks are tired of endless lock downs, restrictions and oppressive rules from our ineffective government. We want freedom.
This is why some black folks braved the cold and protested this past weekend. Do not believe the social media lies and mainstream narratives, this is not a fringe minority. We were there and we made our voices heard. Let’s see if the federal government chooses to listen.
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