This year, people have been having a number of very frank discussions related to racism. Over the course of the summer I also noticed dialogue surrounding education and its intersection with race. Articles such as this one left me applauding the students, parents and educators who have taken a stand.
Today, I’m honoured to share a discussion I had earlier this summer with scholar and educator, Dr. Joseph Smith.
Specializing in history and the social sciences, Dr. Smith first joined the Toronto District School board as a teacher in 2014. In the fall of 2018, he obtained his first contract, and is currently a permanent teacher on recall status. As a Black educator, he possesses great insight regarding some of the issues which are faced by both Black educational professionals and students. …
I first saw the video at the head of this Op-Ed tonight on Instagram.
Its beauty, honesty, and power touched me.
And yet something strange happened.
A part of me winced when I heard the phrase “women of colour”. (Spelled with a “u” here, just before I get into my rhythm because yes, I’m Canadian.)
We are Black. It is ok.
Some find Blackness upsetting. Racists certainly find it ugly. Yet neither of those ideas take away from the fact that scores of us wake up every day and go to bed every night being both Black and female.
If the truth of this combination offends you, I can’t help you. …
Earlier today via Instagram, I shared the following post by Tracy Moore.
In Tracy’s caption, she commented on people gaslighting her and other Black people, in response to speaking out about racism.
In this post, I want to talk about the rationale behind that gaslighting.
In a nutshell, most Black people know the truth: A number of white people are addicted to the status quo. They enjoy being comfortable. And they want to avoid admitting that racism actually is a problem, because doing so will disrupt their comfort levels.
In other words, “If racism really, truly is as bad as Black people say it is, then we, white people will actually have to do something about it.” …