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Happy International Anti Racism Day!

On March 21st 1960. Apartheid era police opened fire on a peaceful protest in the Sharpville township near Johannesburg, South Africa.

The world stood stunned.

And March 21st, forever forward. was proclaimed by the UN as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

When I think of racism, what comes to mind is not cross burnings or widespread anti semitism committed by other people. What I try to concentrate on is the bias that I hold, the racism that sometimes I can feel trying to rear its very ugly head within me. This often starts off as stereotyping or generalzing, but can lead to some pretty bad stuff, within us all.

Start local, and then go global.

I have had the great opportunity in the past year to work on Anti Racism and Anti Discrimination issues locally, in Kamloops, in partnership with these folks.

I also will be doing presentations to local organizations, in the next month, around a new tool for people who want to report racism or racist incidents in Kamloops, even if just because they may need someone trained and friendly to talk to.

Comments

CalGal

Good for you! I don't think any of us can ever be completely free from the mental stereotyping that has been programmed into us, but being aware of it, and not reflecting those thoughts in our words and behaviour is hugely important.

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