To the editor:
We want to thank everyone who came out to support the Black Lives Matter movement here in our smaller, Northern city June 6.
It was amazing to see so many people come out, not only from all over this area, we even spoke with people who said they were from Montreal, Thorne, and even someone who said they drove three hours because an event like this was “the closet one” to her. We got to meet so many amazing people and we loved having the voice of a crowd of 2,000 people with us.
That being said, we also got a lot of questions that day, but one we got repeatedly was: “What’s next?”
The event after the march, the demonstration at the waterfront in the evening of that same day, really opened the eyes of many – including ourselves – to the racism that seems to permeate North Bay to this day.
It’s not always easy to see, but it is definitely felt throughout the local black community.
At this event, there were numerous speakers who touched our hearts and we appreciate every single person who was so brave to share their personal experiences of racism.
We had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful young black woman who was so vulnerable yet courageous enough to share such an inspirational story. She shared with us her idea to bring more local change and bring more to the movement. And we are banding with her to help further her voice and ultimately other youth voices.
Young voices matter, and it’s important to listen to the next generation.
North Bay teens will organize an arts night to advance local support for the international BLM movement. We have to keep our foot on the gas not allow it to die down again. Some say this is the second wave of the civil rights movement and, this time there will be a just ending.
Kaiden Peldjak and Kile George