We’re all aware of overt racism, but it’s important to understand there’s far more to it than that. Being a Person of Colour in Canada makes you a visible minority, and a racialized person can’t change the colour of their skin to experience the world from any other perspective. This often means entirely different experiences with institutions (like law enforcement, education, healthcare) while navigating a culture that has often enslaved, or colonized, your own. Racism is heavily coded into our culture  – terms like “inner city youth” or “thug” are meant to conjure specific images; which policies like “tough on crime” exploit.