Actor E.B. Smith is playing Martin Luther King in London, Ontario’s Grand Theater production The Mountaintop. Ironically, he has been a victim to racism twice since arriving in London, one incident even happening on the eve of Black History Month.
In the first occasion, a passing motorist called him the N-word as he and his co-star Beryl Bain, also black, were walking near the theater. The second time came this week, after a man at a pub called him “a piece of s–t and a (N-word) to [his] face, before walking away to join his friends who were playing pool in the corner.”
He explains that he was very taken aback and that he had never experienced something like this directly in Canada.
What’s going on in London? Throughout the years. the city has gained a negative reputation in terms of incidents involving racism. If you’re from London, is this a city-wide problem? If you’re not from London, do you notice these issues in predominantly white communities in Ontario?
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