Three stories of xenophobia

Three pieces this weekend show facets of the systemic racism Quebec absolutely doesn’t have: student teachers find they’re facing barriers and xenophobic remarks if they don’t remove their hijabs. The Loi sur la laïcité (Bill 21) says nothing about requirements for people still at the student level but this story suggests the law is being applied overenthusiastically by people who don’t understand its limits.

Radio-Canada reports that racial minorities are still not being hired in the Quebec public service at rates reflecting their presence in the population.

It’s a Laval story, but yet another incident of a Black man being roughed up by police is reported here. The incident took place in May, but Samuel Bunche is now suing that city for damages.