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2nd Confronting Anti Black Racism

2nd Confronting Anti Black Racism

"Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter" - Chinue Achebe

2nd Confronting Anti Black Racism
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Kemba Byam – Manager Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto

"Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter" - Chinue Achebe

Delivering his welcome address, the President of The African Canadian Social Development Council (ACSDC) Kabu Asante highlighted the acute challenges faced in the mission to combat racism and discrimination and their corrosive effects on individual's access to equitable opportunities notably within the areas of employment, the workplace and affordable housing.

"I am confident that united in purpose we will make strides in our mission to establish a fairer and more inclusive world"

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Andrew Allen.

Dr. Andrew Allen of the University of Windsor defined Anti-Black Racism as policies and practices that are embedded in Canadian institutions such as education, beliefs, attitudes, stereotyping and/or discrimination that are directed at people of African descent and are rooted in their unique history and experience of enslavement and colonization here in Canada.

He told the story of his visit to the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana and emphasized the importance of knowledge of history as a tool in fighting the cancer of racism. According to the professor, Black men aged 25 to 59 for example saw both their employment rates fall and their unemployment rates rise over time between 2001 and 2016.

"We have an obligation to right that wrong and to listen to those who were most affected and shed light on the truth" he said. The 8 hours long event had two panels and comprising various experts in the areas of employment, workplace equity and affordable housing.

While many on the panel focused on working to change policies, Alex lhama, Executive Director Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity & Workplace Equity, emphasized adding another approach. "Racism will not end" We have to take individual responsibility and be creative in our personal approach". He recounted several instances where he was at the receiving end of discrimination based on the colour of his skin.

He quoted Marcus Garvey saying, "without confidence you are defeated in the race of life". In a passionate plea, he advised that people should develop a strategy to navigate the system and confront racism by investing in themselves by increasing their knowledge thereby increasing their awareness. "When you are well equipped and your confidence is high, you can ask questions to expose the ignorance of racist people" Alex lhama reiterated.


Mr. Kabu Asante

On behalf of the leadership and board of the Africa-Canadian Social Development Council (ACSDC}, I welcome everyone to our second conference on "Confronting Anti-Black Racism and lslamophobia". This year's theme is "Pro­ moting Equity in Employment, the Workplace, and Housing".

I extend my sincerest gratitude to each of you for gracing us with your presence, and I earnestly encourage your active participation, engagement, and the sharing of your insights throughout our proceedings. I am confident that, united in purpose, we shall make strides in our mission to establish a fairer and more inclusive world.

As President of ADSDC, I'm acutely aware of the challenges we face in our mission to combat racism and discrimination. Our conference will shine a light on Anti-Black Racism and lslamophobia...

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ACSDC was registered in 2002 with a current membership of eighty-seven(87) organizations.

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