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Canadians Of Colour Talk Racism, Self-Care And Driving Change – Huffington Post

by ahnationtalk on March 21, 2016415 Views

Self-love can be a challenging thing to get one’s head around. With the emphasis in North American culture on the supremacy of finding romantic love, the cultivation of self-love can often be an under-acknowledged and difficult goal, made even more so when one has to manage other obstacles, particularly around race and the layers that add complexity to that such as class, gender, sexuality, culture and religion.

Canadians sometimes say racism and related discrimination doesn’t exist here like it does in the U.S. But in the last year alone, several ethnicity and race-related headlines hit Canadian media; protests surrounding murdered and missing indigenous women, reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes and attacks against refugees, reports of Anti-semitic vandalism and harrassment, occurrences of anti-Black brutality at the hands of law enforcement across North America, and reports of the disproportionate numbers of black and aboriginal people moving through the Canadian criminal justice and children’s welfare system, to name just a few.

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