There is so much in this wide-ranging conversation that is not typical for most interviews with politicians. For example, Andrew was particularly candid about being bullied as a child. Reflecting on being teased in school, she expressed compassion.
“I was bullied [mainly] by young Black girls. But you know, I say that with complete compassion.”
“As an adult, as an educator, I look back, and I see that they, too, were lost. And they, too, were probably the victims of internalized racism.”
These young girls, Andrew said, may have felt a decreased sense of value.
“And what do you do when you feel like you have no value? Sometimes we try different tactics to assert our power and control over others so we can feel valuable. And that's how I saw that.”
We covered a lot of ground in this interview including what it was like growing up as a visible minority, her definition of being queer, and what it was like the moment she stepped into Queen’s Park as an elected representative (spoiler alert: it’s emotional, for all the right reasons).
If you didn’t have a chance when we first released it in April, listen now.