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PETERS – Organizers of protest succeeded in spite of themselves

THURSDAY’S PROTEST AND MARCH through downtown Kamloops may have been one of the most successful cancelled events ever.

Just over an hour before the Black Lives Matter protest was to begin, organizers posted on Instagram that they had decided to cancel it.

The organizers said, “Our intentions did not align with the effects of our actions.”

In other words, it’s likely the organizers were not people of colour, and while they had good intentions, their presence did not allow space for people of colour to take the lead.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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