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Anti-Black Racism

Anti-Black Racism

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Anti-Black racism is prejudice, attitudes, beliefs, stereotyping or discrimination that is directed at people of African descent and is rooted in their unique history and experience of enslavement and colonization. Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in Canadian institutions, policies and practices, to the point that it becomes a part of our systems.

In Canada


Number of years that slavery was practiced.


Was when the last segregated school was closed.


How much a Black person earns for every dollar earned by a non-racialized person.


The unemployment rate of Black individuals with a graduated degree, higher than the rate for non-Black high school drop out at 12%.

3 Things You Can Do


Acknowledge How Racism has Shaped You

Racism is like an invisible gas that we all breathe. Whether we benefit from it or internalize messages that harm us, racism shapes our thinking and actions, often unconsciously, even if we don’t want it to. Once we acknowledge that, we can begin to explore how we contribute to the problem and what we might do to stop it.


Educate Yourself

Become aware of the holes in your knowledge. Once you are aware of the holes, it is your responsibility to begin filling them in.


Speak Up and Do Your Part

Too often, the job of speaking out against racism is left to people of colour. This is unfair. To be effective, all people must be willing to do a good part of the heavy lifting.

Source: City of Toronto