There have been other Black Lives Matter events have been held in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island over the past week, but today’s event was by far the biggest. Buisa explained that the rally is designed to bring people together so that they can listen. “When we can listen, we can continue, we can have dialogue, and we can move forward, and that’s exactly what we can do today,” she said. Asiyah Robinson, also an organizer of the event, said the goal of the event is to not only raise awareness about racism and to have people listen but to make sure the black community knows they have a voice. “We’re trying to bring people together. We’re trying to make sure our community knows that they have a platform and they have a voice. We’re trying to make sure that people try and see the varied ranges of ages, of direction, of just histories that all of our black people have and to just honour their voices, give them their space. And also talk to our allies about what we’re looking for and what our next steps will be because this is just the first.” RELATED: ‘I teared up a few times:’ Hundreds attend Black Lives Matter event in Campbell River Robinson explained that racism presents itself in many different forms and that organizers aren’t waiting around until something violent happens to speak up about it. “If anyone feels racially discriminated [against], even if it’s just one person, then that’s enough to hold a conversation about it. And it’s more than that, it’s a history here and this conversation today, it’s not even just about racism against black people. We are black people standing for every marginalized community that has ever felt that racism and that’s also what this represents here today.” “It’s just a reminder that in Canada, it might look different but there are microaggressions. I’ve been racially profiled, I’ve been discriminated against many different times coming in this space and I know a lot of people have as well,” Robinson added. Speaking to CHEK at the end of the event, Robinson said she was moved by the number of people who attended, adding that she was pleased that everything worked out and was peaceful. She said future events are planned but details are still being worked out. “We want to keep this going,” Robinson said. Follow @npescod More photos and videos of the event below.
An unbelievable turnout for the Black Lives Matter movement in Victoria at Centennial Square. Speakers are also talking about racism against Indigenous peoples. The energy is electric, but calm. Peaceful. Powerful. @CHEK_News pic.twitter.com/kqrO6ra4Tj— Rebecca Lawrence (@Rebeccas_Laws) June 8, 2020
#YYJ pic.twitter.com/9ksWtQfiCP — Nicholas M Pescod (@npescod) June 8, 2020