What can I do to put an end to anti-Black racism?

It is our collective responsibility to educate ourselves about anti-Black racism and work tirelessly to end it.

Learn about anti-Black racism

The first step in challenging anti-Black racism -- like any kind of evil in society -- is to educate yourself about the issue. 

Your first instinct may be to reach out to Black people you know and ask them to share their experiences and opinions. However, it can be difficult for people to talk about their experiences with racism and oppression, and it is not the responsibility of those who experience racism to also educate us on the matter. 

Instead, research educational resources online. There are many books, videos, podcasts, and other content that talk about anti-Black racism -- why it exists, how it expresses itself, and what can be done to end it. 

Challenge anti-Black racism in your day-to-day life

Anti-Black racism isn’t unique to Canada, it is a global problem that exists around the world. It is entirely possible that you and people you know are saying, doing, and believing in things that are anti-Black without realizing these things as racist. 

This is why it is important to have those difficult conversations with your peers about how we can do better. It’s important to lead by example. That means making sure not to use offensive anti-Black language, respecting Black people and their cultures, and reflecting on your own thoughts and behaviours to contribute to anti-Racism work. 

It is not enough to “not be a racist.” It is our collective responsibility to make the fight to end racism a daily part of their lives. Do your best to unlearn the prejudices and biases you may have learned and accepted. 

Support Black-led initiatives

Mutual aid is about reciprocity. In caring for our neighbours, we are building a stronger community together.   

Black-led initiatives can be found in schools, workplaces, and in the broader community. You can support in-kind by attending community events, buying from Black businesses, making efforts to learn, and lend a hand wherever possible. It is our collective responsibility to support one another, and together we can make a difference. 

Raise your voice

Actively working against racism can look like strategizing on campaigns and actions to fight against anti-Black racism. 

Join a reading group, volunteer for your local community organization, raise issues in conversations with your friends, and attend town halls. (because civic spaces belong to you as youth too). These are spaces and methods through which you can make a real commitment to anti-racism work in your community. 

Challenging anti-Black racism when you see it in policy or in practice is important to call out. 

Change doesn’t happen over night. But, we are stronger together, and your voice has impact.