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Canadians and citizens around the world have taken to the streets to demand anti-Black racism be addressed after the brutal murder of George Floyd, and the deaths of far too many others. Society is putting “the fierce urgency of now” clearly on the agenda of governments at every level. We need real action to address systemic racism, particularly anti-Black racism.
Systemic racism and anti-Black racism are deeply rooted in our society. We have many shameful instances of discrimination in Canada's history: the treatment of First Nations, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the turning away of South Asian and Jewish migrants, anti-Black and anti-Asian policies and even Ku Klux Klan activity, right up to the present day deaths of racialized and Indigenous people at the hands of police. These acts have been made possible by casting groups of people as the "other" -- somehow not part of our shared humanity.
We can, and must, do better.
As a coalition for public education, we believe we need to stand as allies with our Black neighbours to take a stand against anti-racism and anti-Black racism in particular.
This is why we are dedicating a page to the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism in York Region. We will provide resources and highlight events and groups that are spearheading this important work.
We recognize this is not an extensive list. If you would like to have your organisation or ressources featured on this page, please contact us here.