Poll: British Columbians say systemic racism an issue for police and employers

June 12, 2020

By The Province |

The Leger survey found that 56 per cent of respondents in B.C. believed systemic racism was a somewhat or very serious issue among local law enforcement.

More than half of B.C. respondents to a recent poll said they believe deep-rooted, systemic racism is a serious issue for local police, while one in three feel it is a problem among employers.

The new poll by Leger surveyed Canadians and Americans about their opinions on systemic racism, exposure to racist comments, support for groups involved in recent anti-racism protests, and feelings about police relations with the public and with racialized groups.

The poll was conducted following a wave of protests in response to the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died after being pinned by the neck for nine minutes by a white officer’s knee in Minneapolis.

The Leger survey found that 56 per cent of B.C. respondents felt systemic racism was a somewhat or very serious issue among local law enforcement, followed by the military (44 per cent), local employers (32 per cent), universities (29 per cent), and their neighbours (24 per cent).

Natasha Tony, a labour-relations specialist and CEO of Elevate Inclusion Strategies, said those numbers show how much work needs to be done.

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