Awareness as the first step

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EJ Hurst

There is so much denial around racism - particularly here in Canada. It wasn't until I lived in another country for a few years that I could see racism in my own. How can we become more aware of the things that society accepts as normal or status quo are actually quite racist? I also found that we have stories we tell ourselves, like, "Canada is a cultural mosaic, not a melting pot" that allows us feel that everything is okay when really it isn't. What can we do to expose these cultural myths?

Tuesday 17 April 2012 09:46:15 am

Paul Kivel

Awareness is easily developed because racism is pervasive, systematic, and within the every-day workings or our organizations and institutions--we just have to adopt a racial justice lens and ask the question "How is racism playing out in this place/organization/institution/classroom/meeting, etc.?" If we are in an all-white space we need to ask how did it come to be that no people of color or first nations people are here. For example, we could ask why are our environmental organizations so white? Once we begin to notice how racism is working around us then we can move on to strategies for change. Paul Kivel

Monday 23 April 2012 12:06:36 pm