CBTU Canada Statement on the Christchurch Mass Shootings

It is with broken hearts and extreme dismay that once again the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Canadian Chapter stands with those affected by the recent mass shootings of Muslim women, children and men in Christchurch, New Zealand. These victims were targeted by white supremacist terrorists as they prayed in their mosques. Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the families and to those affected by this most recent terrorist action. Far too often, Canadian Society has been forced to shed collective tears resulting from the manifestation of this form of hate throughout the world. The Islamic Center in Quebec City, Quebec, Mother Emanuel AME Church in in Charleston, South Carolina and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are a few examples of some of history’s darkest hours.

It is our view that in the midst of those dark hours, some of our greatest duties come to light. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in Canada believes that we all have a duty to stand against the rise of hate in all of its manifestations. Whether hate reveals itself blatantly and violently as in the examples above or discreet and targeted as is the case with carding and workplace racial discrimination, we believe that our collective responsibility remains the same. Today those who embrace hate have placed their attention on who they portray as “the others”. While stoking the flames of islamophobia they target those who are racialized, Muslims and/or immigrants. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists believes that if the seeds of hatred in society are permitted to grow, so will an unsatisfiable appetite for new outlets to target with that hate.

We further believe that as a society everyone has a duty to condemn the rise of hate at all levels and in all of its forms. As such CBTU’s Canadian Chapter embraces the philosophy that through the collective condemnation of extreme hate and terrorism, we can make racism wrong again. That is why The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in Canada continues to stand with those who stand against discrimination and extreme hate in all of its forms.