Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — Rep. John Lewis

Dismantling anti-Black racism is the fight of a lifetime. It will take all of us to tear down the oppressive prejudice that defines our world from every angle.

A fight this universal can feel daunting—but it’s not optional. In the words of prominent political activist and educator Angela Davis, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.”

Angela Davis on the cover of Time magazine.

So, what can you do? You can broaden your understanding of how anti-Black racism manifests in your community—and IGNITE is here to help you.

We’ve developed an anti-Black racism video series, in partnership with Humber College’s Black Academic Success and Engagement centre (the BASE) and the Humber Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity (CHRED), to help you gain perspective on your role in the reformation.

Your Lakeshore campus student engagement coordinator Erika, moderator Neil Price, and panellists Nupol KiazoluAnthony N. MorganKeosha Love, and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi are navigating key topics in the realm of anti-racism. Our first two episodes dove into defining anti-Black racism and explaining the Canadian and American contexts. Now, we’re looking at how to effectively address the problem.

Check out episodes three and four below:

Episode 3: How Do We Address Anti-Black Racism?

In this episode, our panellists discuss the actions both individuals and institutions should take to tackle anti-Black racism in the current context.

Episode 4: How Do We Move Forward?

News coverage of the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd has died down, but anti-Black racism hasn’t gone anywhere. Here’s how to move forward from traumatic periods of injustice and make the fight for justice a permanent feature in your life.

Thank you for learning with us. Be sure to tune in to our next episodes where we’ll be discussing how the Black community can heal from intergenerational trauma and how non-Black people can be useful allies.

Stay involved in the fight for justice by learning from Humber alumna and MPP Jill Andrew, PhD.

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CAMPUS LIFEAnti-Black Racism Roundtable: Episode 9by Gabby Dumonceaux | August 12, 2020

“Lots of people who are great people are implementing and ­protecting systems, practices, structures that fundamentally exclude, disenfranchise, marginalize black people.” — Alicia Garza, co-founder, Black Lives Matter

It’s OK if you don’t know everything. No one knows everything.

Self-education is an imperative aspect of individual anti-racist work. In order to solve a problem, you have to understand it.

So, IGNITE has developed an anti-Black racism video series, in partnership with Humber’s Black Academic Success and Engagement (BASE) program and the Humber Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity (CHRED), to provide you with the tools to live an anti-racist life.

Throughout the last few weeks, your Lakeshore campus student engagement coordinator Erika and moderator Neil Price have engaged in conversation with anti-racist experts Nupol KiazoluAnthony N. MorganKeosha Love and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi about major themes within the subject of anti-Black racism. They’ve discussed:

  1. Defining Anti-Black racism
  2. Explaining Anti-Black racism in Canada versus America
  3. Addressing Anti-Black racism
  4. Making anti-racism a permanent part of your life
  5. Healing from the trauma of racism
  6. Becoming an anti-racist ally
  7. Being an anti-racist
  8. Continuing anti-Black racism research

Now, our panellists are answering your questions about anti-Black racism and what you can do to help end it.

These questions were submitted by students and are geared towards students. Take a look to see how you can be a part of the movement:

Episode 9: Questions From Students

On behalf on the Humber and Guelph-Humber community, IGNITE thanks our panellists for sharing their expertise in this series. We hope these videos have helped students gain perspective on North America’s culture of anti-Black racism.

Now, it’s up to you.

Every individual has a responsibility to challenge racism whenever they see it. So, continue to learn, advocate, and donate (if you can) to further the global push for justice.

If you’re looking for a place to start, check out the resources provided by the BASE. Alternatively, get in touch with the Humber Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity.

Black Lives Matter today and always. We must act accordingly.