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Next up, @BashirMohamed is here to tell us about Edmonton - but his story started in Kenya. #nerdnite #yeg
In 2016, an Edmontonian at a red light shouted the n-word at Bashir, a cyclist, which he video recorded, and it exploded.

Many people said that wasn't the Alberta they know. But are we sure about that? #nerdnite #yeg
The Edmonton Bashir moved to looked pretty darn white, but he started to dig into the black history of Edmonton, and Alberta. #nerdnite #yeg
Black people in Canada were often not given full names, but were rather referred to by "N*****r ________" (their first name). Many landmarks were names after them, using these racist terms, and many of them are still official names to this day. #nerdnite #yeg
At one point, doctors were actually given a bonus for every black person they refused. This was part of a desire to rid Alberta of "black spots." #nerdnite #yeg
Until at least 1924, swimming pools were segregated. #nerdnite #yeg
James Ramsey, an MLA (and the namesake of a building in downtown #yeg), was also a minstral performer (in blackface, if you're not familiar). (And if you're not familiar, look it up, because it hasn't gone away.) #nerdnite #yeg
Ever wonder what this whitewashed sign on the side of the Gibson block used to be? It used to be a sign for the Gibson Cafe, which boasted "white help only."

They literally whitewashed history. #nerdnite #yeg
Edmonton also has a huge history of support of the KKK. They were certified as a society until 2003, which was only taken away because they stopped filing financial documents in 2001. #nerdnite #yeg
There's so, so much to dig into here, folks. It's most important to know that the narrative has not changed. This stuff is still going on, every day.

Closing with a quote from James Baldwin. #nerdnite #yeg
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