“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Desmond Tutu
It has always been important to speak up against injustices against human rights, and now more than ever we need to take demonstrable action against the systemic racism in our country. The change starts with you.
Antiracism is not the same as being “not racist.” Antiracism means you can identify and describe racism, and then dismantle it or speak up against it. Inaction is not helpful for people experiencing racism. The only way to help other people who are struggling against racism is to be antiracist, and to stand up against racism with your actions and words.
Things you can do to help and grow:
- Educate yourself - read about systemic racism, and learn how to identify racism that might be happening in your mind, your home, your work, and your community. A great place to start is understanding common terminology. Here's a great place to start.
- Talk to your children and family members about the history of oppression Black and Indigenous peoples have faced over the centuries. Here is a great resource to get that talk started.
- Donate money to causes that help build community for marginalized populations: Black Canadian Donations List
- Sign petitions and write to your local councillors
- Consume media (nonfiction and fiction books, art, music, public speaking, movies) about and by Black or Indigenous peoples. Empathy is a powerful tool.
- Research black owned businesses (stores, restaurants, services) in Markham and shop there.
Here is a list of eBooks and audiobooks that you can access right now from home: