Organizers of a protest against police killings of people of colour have apparently cancelled the event, which is set to be held at noon on June 4 in Riverside Park, after receiving criticism on social media because people of colour are not planning the rally.
The group, originally known on its Instagram page as kamloops.bml.support and now called kamloops.bipoc.support, posted a message on its page, announcing the cancellation, though it it unclear whether others will still arrive at the downtown park.
The protest was one of many organized across North America in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd while being arrested by police in Minneapolis.
BLM stands for “Black Lives Matter.” BIPOC stands for “Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.”
The message from the group states: “Our intentions were to create a platform and a conversation. We want BIPOC to lead these protests. The original idea was to create a space for people to express their feelings of injustice and for us to be able to be there to protect the BIPOC in this space. The goal of this protest was to open conversation and change for local and international individuals. The goal of our organizers and all non-BIPOC is to create a safe space for them. We do not want to speak over them, we want to amplify them. This event will be cancelled as we, too, would rather see BIPOC directly organize these events. We took all feedback we could see from BIPOC to make our platform better and listened to all the criticism we got from them, but we feel as though this was not enough. Thank you for all the support, but please direct it elsewhere."