Oh Canada, the land of micro aggressions, colorism and white washed history.
While travelling may be scary for the change-averse, for me, picking up my bags every couple of years is pretty much second nature. Throughout my entire childhood, my father was transferred all around the world, so my family and I never spent more than a few years in one place. While moving a lot comes with a lot of emotional baggage, it also means I’ve gotten the opportunity to learn about different cultures and do some sleuthing on how black people are treated around the world.
What I’ve discovered is: racism is global. There is no city, country or continent black people can escape to and expect to be free of racism, colorism, texturism and all the other systems of oppression that act against our best interests.
With the rise of Trump’s America, you may be considering moving to Canada to escape all the emboldened outright acts of racism. But, while Canada is a great place to live, it’s certainly not perfect. No one will outright tell you when you’re not welcome, but they will never let you forget that you’re “different”. Whatever part of Canada you live in, you’ll have to get used to the question “Where are you from?” as though the default Canadian ethnicity is Caucasian. For someone like me, that question is unanswerable. I had no idea what to say when I was growing up, but now I proudly retort, “Canada” or whichever city I’m living in. I have as much right to live unbothered as other people do. This is my country too.
The Wikipedia definition of a microaggression is “the casual degradation of any marginalized group”. Microaggressions aren’t unique to the US and Canada has no shortage of them.