But that doesn’t sound very Canadian, does it? We’re supposed to be quiet, polite, and living in a post-racial utopia where riots and reckonings aren’t necessary — at least according to certain (read: white) populations. So much of the “good Canadian” or “nice Canadian” trope is rooted in whiteness, that insidious brand of white fragility that claims colourblindedness, which allows white people to smugly pat themselves on the back for being better than, say, the United States. Canadians watched the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol
, horrified, but confident that that could never, would never, happen here. Don’t forget that Gavin McInnis, the founder of the alt-right extremist group Proud Boys
, who were there that day, is Canadian. (In the '90s, McInnes co-created Vice, one of Refinery29’s sister brands, with which he no longer has any association.) Simultaneously, there were also mini MAGA protests in Canadian cities
. We are all complicit when we don’t recognize these dangerous realities.