UPDATE FROM TRUE NORTH FELLOW LINDSAY SHEPHERD: One of the authors of the op-ed referenced in this video (“Cancel culture has no place at Laurentian”) has reached out and stated that I misunderstood the irony, sarcasm and humour contained within the op-ed. The full op-ed can be read here.

In June 2020, Laurentian University professor David Lesbarrères resigned from his position as Dean of Graduate Studies after posting a tweet that included the taboo hashtag “#AllLivesMatter.” This has happened far too often in 2020.

Fortunately, many of Lesbarrères’ students and colleagues have publicly stood up for him, and three of his fellow professors penned an op-ed criticizing cancel culture.

True North fellow Lindsay Shepherd explains the #AllLivesMatter trap, and dissects the op-ed that defended David Lesbarrères.

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Lindsay holds an M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been published in The Post Millennial, Maclean’s, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, and Quillette.

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