The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, coupled with data showing the coronavirus kills black people at a disproportionate rate, have sparked anti-racism protests around the world. But racism—and the fight against it—is anything but new. Here are some resources to help you make sense of what's going on in the world today, and what you can do in response.
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Racism is a complicated problem to solve
Racism isn't just the act of treating someone a certain way based on the colour of their skin. And when someone says they aren't racist, it may be true—but it doesn't mean they aren't complicit to some extent in propagating the effects of racism, even though it may be indirect and unintentional. Before getting into any history or specific issues, here are some good articles that introduce a few important concepts:
Common misunderstandings about racism & race-related issues
While very few people will outright admit that they are racist, there are many race-related topics that attract a wide spectrum of viewpoints. Here are some examples:
- Removing statues is about recognizing truth, not erasing white history
- Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest had nothing to do with the American flag or military
- Rioting has a long, effective history in America
History of civil rights in America
- New Yorker: "Say Their Names"
- Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement
- Colin Kaepernick kneeling timeline
- Why all the protests now?
Racism in Canada
- Institutional racism is not uniquely American
- Racism in Canada timeline
- Residential schools & assimilation
- Black slavery in Canada
- Japanese Canadian internment
The role of art in protest
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