“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 Kiazolu, Anthony N. Morgan, Keosha 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.

Continue the fight by learning about National Indigenous History Month.

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