As a champion of diversity and inclusion, and an organization working toward fully refining our values as an anti-racist organization, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society encourages everyone to educate themselves about racism and other people’s lived experiences and perspectives. However, not everyone is at the same stage of understanding. To help spread information and awareness, we have launched an anti-racism information social media campaign. There is so much work to be done, but every small step in combating hatred or misinformation can help make a positive difference.
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A microaggression is an everyday, subtle comment or behaviour that displays prejudice toward a racialized group. Classifying someone’s identity based on their appearance or language can reinforce stereotypes and cause pain. It’s a form of discrimination, even if you didn’t mean it to be.
Resources on the topic of microaggressions:
Do you use words like “pow wow” or “chief” in business or personal settings? Using words that are meaningful to Indigenous culture in this casual way takes away from the importance of the words. For example, a pow wow is a a ceremonial celebration of cultural pride for First Nations.
Colourism is a sub-category within racism. It occurs when someone with a lighter skin tone is treated better or preferred over someone of the same race with darker features. It is most common within a race, rather than between two different races.
Sometimes the fear of being different can stop us from making new connections or sharing our ideas. We have to move past this fear and remember that our life experiences make us who we are. It is a strength to speak multiple languages, not a weakness.
What’s an “ally”? There are many ways to be an ally in the anti-racism and other movements, even if you have never felt oppressed firsthand. In brief terms, being an ally is about making the effort to listen, learn and stand up for marginalized groups.
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