Quebec Activist Finds New Ways To Fight Racism In The Pandemic Era
|The Huffington Post 16 Nov 2020 at 07:57|
Nidia Guerrier uses social media to highlight certain injustices experienced by people of colour, but she doesn t claim to have the solution to the problem.
Even though Nidia Guerrier cant even count the hours she spends speaking out about racism, she doesnt describe herself as an activist. Given that most of her involvement is through social-media networks and using her own name, rather than working with an organization the Montrealer, originally from Haiti, doesnt fit the traditional image of an activist taking to the streets to demand change.
Due to the risks associated with COVID-19 , Guerrier, the daughter of a nurse, didnt feel comfortable taking part in the protests in Montreal last spring in the wake of George Floyds death. But she still wanted to contribute to the anti-racist movement that was growing across her province. Thus, the was born, a small collective of Black people fighting for the revolution, which quickly became known for creating virtual information kits to help ensure protesters safety.
I told myself that if I cant physically be at the demonstrations, I can at least give advice to the people who are there, explains the 20-year-old woman. Guerrier is currently attending McGill University, with a view possibly to become a social worker. She firmly believes that there are many ways to contribute to the fight against racism and the movement for social justice.
For example, I have friends with physical limitations who tell me that they feel bad because they cant go to the protests, she said. No! You can support the cause without going there you dont need to feel guilty. In this pandemic year, online activism is the reality for many activists. Even Greta Thunbergs school strike for the climate has gone primarily virtual.
Because of the pandemic, Nidia Guerrier is no longer comfortable participating in protests like the one on Sept. 27, 2019, which brought together nearly half a million people against climate change.
After getting involved in a more traditional way for example, by founding the anti-racism committee at the Collge de Maisonneuve and participating in various protests Guerrier chose to convey her indignation online.