Statement in Support of Anti-Oppression

Statement in Support of Anti-Oppression

Racism is continuously happening in a pervasive and ongoing manner in our community, our country, and the world as a whole. Unfortunately, the recent news stories about people of colour being killed are not a new occurrence, but a continuation of an incredibly problematic and troubling history of racial oppression and violence. 

There is a great deal of work to be done to change the way we live and interact with each other and that starts with listening to the voices of the people who are experiencing oppression and marginalization on a daily basis. We at SCCYS do not claim to know everything about this topic, and we are committed to an ongoing process of listening, learning, and reflecting. There are numerous resources available to help people educate themselves and start to build an understanding of the dynamics we are perpetuating, sometimes without conscious thought. It is no longer acceptable to choose to remain oblivious to what is happening around us and how that is impacting people of colour disproportionately. As Ibram X. Kendi states in his writing we need to be actively anti-racist and cannot rest on the false idea of simply being non-racist anymore. Racism as it exists in our daily lives needs to be acknowledged and talked about, and actions taken on an individual, organizational, political, and global scale.

SCCYS is committed to being part of moving towards meaningful and lasting change that will stop the perpetuation of the practices and legacy of racism that this country was built upon. We recognize the impact that systemic and interpersonal racism has on the mental health and wellbeing of people who experience it. Supporting people who are struggling with their mental health cannot be done without contextualizing it within the social, political, and emotional environment they are living in. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to connect with it directly for education and guidance on what can be done moving forward (https://blacklivesmatter.ca).

If you would like to hear an excellent interview with Ibram X. Kendi on being anti-racist, there is one on the cbc.ca website: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen/ibram-x-kendi-says-we-are-either-being-racist-or-antiracist-there-is-no-middle-ground-1.5350278

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