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In Canada, the founder of the foundation to combat racism committed suicide over accusations of racism

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:44:31

Former Toronto academy head Richard Bilksto, 60, has committed suicide after being bullied that cost him his career.

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Former Toronto academy head Richard Bilksto, 60, has committed suicide after being bullied that cost him his career. In 2021, he attended a seminar organized by the private KOJO institute, which trains educators and officials on how to properly combat racism. During her speech at the event, black activist Kike Ojo-Thompson, who is a trainer and director of the Institute, said that Canada is “more racist” than the United States because “it has never been held responsible for its exploitation of black people.” “.

The white-skinned Bilksto had the imprudence to disagree with a well-known lecturer, for which he was immediately criticized. “We’re here to talk about racism against black people, but as a white person, do you think you can tell me what’s really going on with black people?” she exploded. When the Canadian tried to justify himself, she was not allowed to open her mouth. At the next workshop, the trainer stated that Bilksto was “a shining example of a white supremacist.” And this despite the fact that the man was one of the founders of the local fund to combat racism.

Despite the impeccable reputation and the respect of students and colleagues, the alma mater did not stand up for its leader. Bilksto was first placed on sick leave and then forced into retirement. According to his lawyer, the suicide is directly related to the seminar incident and its consequences.

During her speech at the event, black activist Kike Ojo-Thompson, who is a trainer and director of the Institute, said that Canada is “more racist” than the United States.

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A few months before his death, the man filed a complaint against the KOJO institute for unreasonable harassment, in which he detailed all the details of the situation, but was unable to defend his honor and dignity.

Now, the Toronto Academy and Canadian Education Minister Stephen Lecce have said they are taking the allegations against the KOJO Institute seriously. The minister considered them “serious and worrying” and announced the opening of an administrative investigation, while indicating that her services will have to better control the training given to teachers in the future, “so that an incident does not happen again So”.

The Canadian Ex Post Occupational Safety and Insurance Board agreed with Bilksto, calling Ojo-Thompson’s comments “insulting, egregious and shameful”. The judge said the comments had risen to the level of “bullying and harassment in the workplace.” The Daily Mail also reports that Bilksto’s suicide prompted many other Canadian teachers to call their lawyer to discuss the similar harassment and pressure they faced while teaching or campaigning against racism.

For its part, the KOJO Institute issued a press release expressing its condolences to the Bilksto family, but stated that it is not responsible for the psychological consequences of the argument that pushed the man to suicide.

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Puck Henry
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