I’m a person of colour, I experience my own unfair share of racism, I face it everyday, at work, in the store, or on the road. You don’t need to tell me about it, I live it.
Justin Trudeau putting on black face 18 years ago, it is wrong, when I saw the images, I was distrubed, there is no word to explain it better. He has presented his apology and express his regret. I have watched him over the years as a Prime Minister,
a champion for human right, a leader, he has championed equality and inclusivity in Canada and across the world. Justin Trudeau has evolved, his records for the past 4 years speak for him.
What I did was hurtful to people who live with intolerance and discrimination every day. I recognize that, and I take full responsibility for it. I know that I let a lot of people down with that choice, and I am deeply sorry. pic.twitter.com/gLetjs6xAa
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 19, 2019
Last night, I meet Harry, Harry is Canadian, white man in his 50s. But to my surprise, Harry’s background is Kenya. He told me his father is Portuguese but he was born and raise in Kenya. His background led us to talk about racism and he said this,
there are bad people everywhere, it has nothing to do with colour or ethnic group.
This is a philosophy I believed in as well. He went further to tell me what his father once told him,
“Explore the world, taste all cultures, because if you don’t at the end, it is your loss.”
Justin Trudeau has evolved, he takes full responsibility, he has apologized without reservation he has handled it as a leader. Apology Accepted, we have moved forward.
That picture is horrible. Even though no one wouldn’t have blinked an eye at that back in 2001, it is horrible. As a brown person, I believe Trudeau has evolved. I still trust him to lead this country capably over any of the others, especially Scheer. #cdnpoli #elxn2019 https://t.co/ZWxLhSxfrz
— Ishat Reza (@IshatReza) September 19, 2019
The pics cannot be minimized/explained away. There’s no defence that I will offer. But I want my leaders to be able to apologize when they are wrong. Even if that apology is about something decades ago. What does it say about their current views when they can’t? Or won’t #cdnpoli https://t.co/dDLwEBuZUC
— Amanda Alvaro (@amandaalvaro) September 19, 2019
— Jeffrey Luscombe (@JeffreyLuscombe) September 19, 2019
Justin Trudeau poses in brown face 20 years ago… as a POC it’s meh to me… his actions words and policies is what I vote on… a dumb ill advised costume 20 years ago? Uh no… I’m certainly not voting for #Scheer and his yellow vests… I know who the racists are.
— Stephen (@seriousHabit) September 19, 2019
What Justin Trudeau did was wrong. He has apologized. I know it is not representative of the man he is.
This is a teachable moment for all of us. I accept his apology and I hope Canadians do too. #exln43 #canpoli #Onpoli
— Mitzie Hunter (@MitzieHunter) September 19, 2019
One of big causes of modern #outrageculture – ppl being outraged on behalf of other ppl. I see lots of white ppl saying what #Trudeau did in 2001 is "inexcusable" & POC saying 'he apologized. And is a different person today'. So basically white people, shut up already.
— Ed the Sock (@EdtheSock) September 19, 2019
Many Canadians are disappointed by these images. Justin Trudeau has sincerely apologized for these actions & acknowledged that this was unacceptable. These photos do not represent the person he is now. I know Justin & the entire party will continue to build a more equal Canada. pic.twitter.com/j8TasodK7a
— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) September 19, 2019
I was very disturbed and disappointed by the images of Justin Trudeau I saw last night. I listened to his apology and accept it as sincere and unequivocal. I know the substance of this man and his commitment to making Canada better and fairer. He is the best Leader for Canada.
— Rob Oliphant (@Rob_Oliphant) September 19, 2019