Focusing In On Anti-Racism and Equity
We are Currently Situated in a Moment of Time Where Critical Thinking and Sincere Reflection is not only Recommended, but Necessary
Tensions are high, as individuals, families, and communities work to grasp and grapple with world events. It would be remiss to not acknowledge the emotional, social, economic, and physical impact of recent affairs.
May mourns for the lives lost from acts of hatred and violence, past and present. But mourning isn't enough.
Individually. let's actively challenge our own bias, to increasingly understand how our daily actions/interactions either counter or reinforce problematic stereotypes and assumptions.
United, let's engage in action to amplify and support communities impacted by the actions around us.
Collectively, let's move from being bystanders of these blatant acts of hate and attacks on human rights to upstanders.
Let's continue to learn, unlearn and relearn, to challenge biased policies, practices, and ideas, and strive to do better.
"Our goal is to create and support human rights and inclusive environments where everyone is welcomed, respected, and valued – and safe, and where democracy, human rights, and peace are critical norms." - Director Krishna Burra
Let's all do our part.
What are Biases and Assumptions?
What is a Bias?
Whether positive or negative, such cognitive shortcuts can result in prejudgments that lead to rash decisions or discriminatory practices."
What are Unconscious/Impicit Biases?
"Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one's tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.
Unconscious bias is far more prevalent than conscious prejudice and often incompatible with one's conscious values. Certain scenarios can activate unconscious attitudes and beliefs. For example, biases may be more prevalent when multi-tasking or working under time pressure."
Examine your Interactions with Awareness, Challenging your Own Snap-Judgements:
" You could ask yourself the following:
- Do you exclude certain people from discussions?
- Why did you choose to sit next to that person?
- Why did you decide to hire this candidate?
- Who are the people you spend most of your time with?
- Who are the people you ask for advice?
- Do you feel uncomfortable when you are surrounded by certain people or groups?
We must start to become more aware and more self-reflective. Then we can begin to make small changes. It is going to be uncomfortable, but only if we get comfortable with the uncomfortable, we get to create change."
Before making any decisions, slow down automatic thought processes & behaviors by learning and listening first.
Learn, Unlearn and Relearn
Facing History & Ourselves Offer A Variety of On-Demand Webinars and Self-Paced Workshops
"Through rigorous historical analysis combined with the study of human behavior, Facing History’s approach heightens students’ understanding of racism, religious intolerance, and prejudice; increases students’ ability to relate history to their own lives; and promotes greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities in a democracy."
TAKE ACTION AND AMPLIFY
Write a Letter as a Firm Statement That You Support the Afzaal's, and Their Surviving - Now 10 Years Old - Son, as an Instant Action Against Islamophobia
Your digital letters will be read on Islamophobia.io even after June 6th. They will touch the lives of many people perpetually and be agents of change continuously.
Where Will Your Letter Go?
- All letters will live publicly here, at Islamophobia.io, an international digital outreach platform that houses everyday stories of Muslim communities, allies, and communities taken as Muslim.
- Letters will be shown in our LIVE exhibit in our Museum. i.e. as letters arrive, the exhibit will grow! READ letters already received!
- Your letters are agents of change, and will be read by the global public. This could mean by politicians, authorities, educators, and students, and the general population.
- You may share your letters, or any other letter, or story here for that matter. They're digital! They each have their own link. Share them in an op-ed, article, newsletter, on social, etc.
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MOVE FROM BYSTANDER TO UPSTANDER
Be an Upstander and A.C.T.
A = ASK: When you hear someone tell a joke that belittles others or use a word that is demeaning, ask, “Do you know what that word means? Did you intend to be hurtful?”
C = CHOOSE: Being an upstander is a choice, just like being a bystander is a choice – but doing or saying nothing in the face of injustice implies that you agree.
T = TEACH: Teach by example of how you live your life. “Upstander” is a verb, as well as a noun. I cannot call myself an upstander if others do not witness me as such.
Upstanders are those who recognize a wrong and take action to make it right.
Equity Matters: Focusing In On Anti-Racism and Equity
As Limestone District School Board employees, we are all a part of this learning journey. If you have ideas about future equity topics or terminology, please contact Rae McDonald.