Today in Canada it is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women which commemorates the Montreal Masscare that happened December 6, 1989 at the École Polytechnique:
Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a legally obtained semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife, shot twenty-eight people before killing himself. He began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism”, he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot. He killed fourteen women and injured ten other women and four men in just under twenty minutes before turning the gun on himself.
I lack the adequate skills to address the legacy of this incident in a way that does justice to the women who were murdered, but I feel compelled to repost this every year because it is goddamned important to do so.
(If you are looking for something more adequate, there’s a good post at Womanist Musings that, in part, touches on the denial of gender inequality in the West and how we maintain that exactly the kind of thing that happened to these fourteen women in Montreal twenty-one years ago no longer happens today. When, of course, it absolutely does.)