Racism and racialized attacks have been constant and without interruption in the 500 year+ colonial North American story. What is new is that these atrocities and injustices are now often recorded and shared on social media with traumatizing effects. The flood of evidence is endless and unequivocal. In recent years, there have been hundreds of such recordings.
Of late, the murder of George Floyd has invoked a global reaction of grief, protest and organizing against systemic racism. There are many patterns of racism that specifically impact Black people, often referred to as anti-Black racism.
Here are two, of many, resources from the postsecondary context that offer insights:
- Scholar Strike Canada
- Article Addressing anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions can transform Canada after the COVID-19 pandemic
Because these patterns are systemic in nature, they exist in all organizations, including Georgian. As a first step in the conversation, our college hosted several forums on anti-Black racism over the summer months – beginning with Black folks. We’re now launching three more virtual forums.
Register for an upcoming anti-racism forum
Would you like to be a part of the discussion on anti-Black racism? Are you concerned with the incidents of violence and hostility toward Black people whether local, across Canada or the continent? What are your recommendations for change in the college community to make Georgian a more welcoming and safe place for Black students and employees?
We aim to capture the voices of all people invested in holding space to acknowledge the truth of anti-Black racism, bear witness, and honour the trauma and resilience of Black people in the face of the rise of brutality.
The forums will take place virtually:
- Thursday, Oct. 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 29, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 12, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.