At What Cost?: Black Lives Matter, Pride Toronto, and Bullying

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“We won. That’s all that matters.”

“No. The way we win matters…”

When Commander Graff is only interested in the consequence of the war, Ender is also interested in the process of it. For Ender, ends don’t justify the means, because it says something about our humanity, not to mention that it may have brought about a different outcome altogether.

I think many of us can identify with the idea that ends don’t justify the means. We can easily think of situations where even a good outcome is marred by how it has been achieved. It is a staple of movies and novels.

That’s how I feel about the recent incident at the Pride Parade in Toronto.

Black Lives Matter Toronto, which was part of the Parade, staged a surprise sit-in and halted the Parade and refused to move on until a list of their demands were met. Basically, BLM demanded greater representation (for example, for black queer youth) and better support for black events during the Parade. Mathieu Chantelois, the executive director of Pride Toronto, signed off on the demands and only then did the Parade resume after 30 minutes of delay.

Now, I’m not here to discuss the merits of Black Lives Matter or Pride Parade in and of themselves. Rather, I want to focus on what Black Lives Matter Toronto has done to have their voice heard.

To halt a parade that was already moving and moving on only when their demands are agreed upon is a form of bullying. BLM may have had their demands heard and even have the executive director of Pride Toronto to sign off on it, but they did it by way of coercion, and this didn’t go unnoticed. Did this help the cause of BLM? Only time will tell.

And this is not the only place where conformity is being forced upon by way of coercion. Hear more on this in this week’s episode of the Apologetics Canada Podcast.

About the Author


Steve is a follower of Christ with a heart for apologetics. In his early 20s, Steve experienced a faith crisis due to intellectual undernourishment. Through this experience, he has come to see apologetics as the "intellectual care of the soul" and now feels a personal burden to walk with others who may be struggling with doubt and/or seeking sincerely. Steve holds a diploma in Worship Arts and a BA in Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC. He has completed a master's degree in Christian Apologetics through Biola University. Steve lives in Edmonton, AB with his wife and two children.

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