Did you hear about the man who was strolling around in downtown Edmonton when a man in a car shouted a racial slur at him? How ironic that this happened while Jesse Lipscombe was filming a video about how great our city is, when this buffoon decided to verbally assault him.
It was all caught on tape. I watched it. And it MADE ME SICK.
Whoever you are, SHAME. ON. YOU.
Lipscombe is an extraordinary athlete who competed in high jump n an Olympic level in Athens, Greece. He is also an actor, and most importantly- A PERSON.
However, some good can come of this unfortunate situation. Mayor Don Iveson has spoken up about the incident and is inspiring people to speak up about racism, and call people out for this kind of behavior. In fact, he and Lipscombe spoke today and designed a new campaign which is #MakeItAwkward. People are being asked to share their stories on social media and create social change…which starts with awkward conversation. More here.