Black Lives Matter teamed up with Idle No More to occupy the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) since Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and forced the federal government to act on the Attawapiskat suicide crisis in Northern Ontario. Laying aside its black-focused agenda, the anti-police group has bolstered the ranks of the aboriginal support movement demanding immediate government intervention for the endangered youngsters.
According to CBC, a mix of 20 protesters from Idle No More and Black Lives Matter is encamped within the Yonge Street and Saint Clair Avenue East location of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), to secure help for the beleaguered youth of the isolated First Nation community. Toronto police, who arrived at the scene after 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, said the protesters have been non-violent, though they removed a Canadian flag from the office.
Like the Idle No More and Black Lives Matter tandem in Toronto, native protesters have occupied the Indigenous and Northern Affairs office on Hargrave Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The “die-in” started on Thursday, in solidarity with the Attawapiskat community, which declared a state of emergency after 11 suicide attempts in one day among its youth.
“Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.”
According to Inquisitr, the resulting firestorm on social media came from her message taken in the context of recent attacks on law enforcement authorities both in Canada and the United States. The Black Lives Matter movement has received much flak for its rhetoric influencing the attacks.
To its credit, Black Lives Matter scored an impromptu meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne outside Queen’s Park, Ontario, where she chose the path of appeasement and accommodation by agreeing there is “anti-black racism” in her province. Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, took exception to her political correctness, which insinuated anti-black racism within the Toronto Police Service.
Premier Wynne also ended up agreeing to reopen the case of Andrew Loku, a black man shot by police for threatening them with a hammer on July 5, 2015. What the activists failed to anticipate is the mental health nature of the Loku case overshadowing its racial permutations.
More people than ever see the Loku case as not about cops targeting blacks, but rather about law enforcement being poorly equipped to handle mental health cases. The shooting of Sudanese Andrew Loku, 45, is just the latest of a list of troubled individuals killed during arrests. Here are more of such individuals shot dead by police: Edmond Yu, 35, a Chinese person wielding a hammer in 1997; Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, a white woman brandishing a knife in 2011; Michael MacIsaac, 47, a white epileptic, naked man armed with a table leg in 2013; Sammy Yatim, 18, a Syrian immigrant scaring streetcar passengers with a knife in 2013. Rather than seeking to nail a black man, as Black Lives Matter claimed, the local police observed diversity in their “target” selection.
“There’s no question, black lives do matter — but all lives matter, regardless of race or color. God created us all. As human beings we have souls that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem from sin through the shedding of His blood.”
By offering to help rescue the Attawapiskat youngsters desperately trying to overdose on prescription drugs, the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter has become inclusive rather than exclusive, demonstrating that all lives matter.
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