Anita Arvast on Gun Violence and What Killed Jane Creba

Anita Arvast on Gun Violence and What Killed Jane Creba

Posted on July 12 by Anita Arvast
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I send prayers first before I write this blog post.

Not in a religious fashion but hopefully a spiritual one that intends to recognize we are all in this together and all here to caretake each other on this planet.

Dear USA. Your guns have come north and caused carnage on our streets. When “the right to bear arms” became a part of the constitution, the people who penned it only imagined foreign invaders — not people hunting their own with anything stronger than a musket.

When writing a book about true crime that endeavours to critique systems, an author must expect critique returned. Aim barbs and expect a volley. Like gunfire but much safer and hopefully productive.

My book about the Jane Creba murder is no different than my book about the Bandidos or my Ph.D. dissertation or any smaller pieces of work I have written wherein I ask how we will move forward in our society if we don’t think critically about our behaviours, our expectations, our systems, and our prejudices. 

Dear Canada. We have much work to do in teaching our youth that there are better ways out of poverty than through drug and gun crimes.

I welcome the critiques. I welcome all the feedback.

But here’s a frustration. I was interviewed about the book by a journalist who sought some insight into gangs in Toronto. The story got canned because the Toronto police spokesperson refused to read my recent book and provide commentary on the murder and issues of systemic discrimination I raised that continue to be problematic for all of us.

Dear North American and European cities. We deserve police forces that will answer our very real concerns that there are racial injustices alive and well.

 

Anita Arvast

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 13, 2015
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Anita Arvast

Anita Arvast is a professor of literature and cultural studies at Georgian College and has numerous publications in the arenas of social justice, education, literature, and true crime, including the book Bloody Justice: The Truth Behind the Bandidos Massacre in Shedden. She lives in Barrie, Ontario.