"Active harassment and passive racial discrimination have occurred throughout my experience in law. I am now 22 years at the Bar. I excelled at law school, practiced at prestigious national firms, currently hold an active successful inhouse practice and a small private consulting practice, teach at the university level, sit on tribunals, and a list of other accomplishments. My successes have been hard fought against a relentless tide of racialized discrimination starting from law school, articling, court appearances and well into private and in-house practice.
The litany of “terrible experiences”, “bad manners”, millions of microaggressions, cultural dominance and outright racist acts I have witnessed, endured and perhaps myself, perpetuated, is long, and probably comparable to many other BIPOCs practicing law in Alberta and across the country. Believe me, I have too many racist experiences to recount. These stories are gutwrenching and run the risk of being counterproductively deflating to hear even if the shared experience makes it a little easier for BIPOCs to navigate a successful legal career...”