While it may seem like there are more diverse voices being heard to represent the myriad cultures and ethnicities in our society, the fact remains that it’s still not enough.
Racism is still a reality for children and adults alike. Racism evolves and takes on a new shape, a new language, a new context over time, but nonetheless, it is here and very much a part of our reality.
Through my research and work in communities, the anecdotes and experiences point to the complex intersection of race, gender and faith, bound together and hurtled at increasingly younger ages – across playgrounds, across sixth form common rooms and school staff rooms. The dire need to address this becomes all the more pressing when students are exposed to this on a long term basis which starts to shape who they are the choices they make. More on this in another post.
For now, the following article highlights several ways racism permeates our children’s and their families lives.