Racism is a problem in Canada.
We like to think it’s not a problem here.
We prefer to point to the United States.
After all in the United States it is rampant.
And now more than ever – now that a racist President Donald Trump is in power.
But hold on.
While this is true about the United States we have our form of racism.
Consider the case of Zach Running Coyote, a 22-year old indigenous actor.
He has been living in Red Deer, Alberta , for an eight-month stint in a local theatre production.
After a long night of rehearsals as Romeo decided he wanted to get a bite to eat before heading home.
He visited the local McDonald’s and placed his order.
And that’s when it started.
“While he was waiting for his food, a couple came out of the bathrooms and started talking about a news story that was playing on a restaurant TV. The report was about how charges had been dropped against a rural Alberta homeowner who had been accused of shooting a suspected thief in the arm.
Running Coyote said he heard the man in McDonald’s say: “This is a victory for Canada. If somebody comes onto my property, I’ll f**king shoot him dead.”
Running Coyote said he responded by shaking his head.
According to the actor, the couple walked over to the counter to order their meals and the man said, loudly enough for everyone in the restaurant to hear, “That little f**king Indian know-it-all better mind his own business.”
Running Coyote said he got up to confront the other customer.
“If you’re gonna call me a f**king Indian, say it to my face,” he told the man.
But that was not the end of it.
There was a lot more including what happened to the actor that was unbelievable.
Clearly, racism is a problem in Canada.