FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City of Fort St. John Mayor, Lori Ackerman, made a speech regarding racism, most recently involving a Muslim family in London, Ontario.
“Together, we must denounce hatred and take action in every corner,” says Ackerman
Ackerman, who stood in Council Chambers with members of the FSJ City Council, brought up how First Nations, Asian, Black people and people of colour, the LGBTQ2S+, Jewish and others have received racism.
“Most recently, the Muslim community has experienced a significantly high degree of racism from ignorant people. Those who at best, have half-knowledge of the culture or the religion, they critique, and half-knowledge of the world’s history. We are outraged and heartbroken by the act of terrorism in London, Ontario.”
A 20-year-old was charged after driving his truck into a Muslim family on June 6th. Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, and Salman’s mother, Talat Afzaal, 74, were killed. The youngest member of the family, nine-year-old Fayez, survived and remains in hospital.
Ackerman then offered compassion and support for the Fort St. John Muslim community. She also spoke about denouncing hatred and taking action and invited everyone to come out and enjoy the Taste of Fort St. John event and learn about the various cultures in the community.
“I encourage you to take a high road while you’re helping others to learn. Nobody is immune to the damage inflicted by hate. Hate creates division, hate dehumanizes people and erodes our sense of empathy and compassion for each other.”
The video can be viewed below.
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