Take down the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston, ON

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As first prime minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald was directly responsible for inhumane crimes against Indigenous people and for setting up the residential school system that impacted generations of them. He also had family ties to slavery/the slave trade and openly promoted the preservation of “purity” and the Aryan race. He utilized “starvation tactics” to kill large numbers of Indigenous people and was responsible for excluding non-white people by denying voting rights to POC (e.g., Electoral Franchise Act, Chinese Exclusion Act, etc.). Canada has changed a lot since colonization but we still have a long way to go. Taking down monuments that represent hatred, mass murder, and colonialism would be a good place to start. Anti-racist and anti-colonial protesters have already called for the larger statue of him in Montreal to be taken down; it’s only right that the one in Kingston be removed as well. And this is only the beginning, the next step would be decolonizing Canadian curricula so we may teach our students the RIGHT history. A history that is not whitewashed and one that does not glorify murderers.