Discirmination and hate crimes have exacerbated after the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been used to reinforce xenophobic beliefs.
University is often sold to prospective students as an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and to broaden our horizons; an exciting, somewhat utopian, possibility. However, the reality is often a culture shock upon realising the extent of other people’s charmed lives and the close-minded prejudice that comes with it.
This past September, the University of Ottawa suspended a professor for saying the n-word in class following a student’s complaint. Professor Lieutenant-Duval used this racial slur as an example of words certain communities have reclaimed. Her paid administrative suspension lasted one business day.