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Why is Viola Desmond Referred to as "Canada's Rosa Parks"

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Here we go again....Canadian Viola Desmond and the history of racism and segregation in Canada gets defined by the American experience (Rosa Parks). Why can't Viola Desmond's story for "Black History Month" (also imported from the USA) stand on its own without any reference to Rosa Parks ?

"Why is it that we refer to Viola as Canada's Rosa Parks, given the fact that she had stood up for this social injustice nine years before Rosa Parks had stood up on the bus?"...

In 1946, Desmond refused to leave a section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S., that was implicitly for whites only. She was dragged out by police and thrown in jail overnight.

Desmond was fined $20 and sentenced to 30 days in prison. But she won an appeal in court on a technicality. Segregation was legally ended in Nova Scotia in 1954, in part because of the publicity generated by Desmond's case.

..."Here in Canada, we're really good at — for lack of a better term — whitewashing history, or even just omitting it from the history books altogether so nobody has to learn from it," he says.


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Canada always likes to copy cat America. There is no Canadian really recognized for anything until the Americans do it first, than Canada has to follow. After all, Canada is suppose to have it's hero's too. But they only are mentioned and reported on after the Americans mention their hero's. Sometimes Canada can look so silly.

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