By Province | The work will take time and cause discomfort but bring long-overdue change, according to equity and inclusion professionals. Canadians should embrace the discomfort that comes with the tough but important work of purging systemic racism from workplaces, say experts on equity and inclusion. After a white police officer killed George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis on May 25, there has been a spotlight on people who participate in racist behaviour. In B.C., it led to the resignation of a candle company founder and a public apology from a restaurateur. In the U.S., it led to the resignations of a fitness company CEO and a food and entertainment magazine editor. Before that, there was the viral video of Amy Cooper, the white woman fired by an investment firm after she called New York police on Christian Cooper, a Black man who had asked her to leash her dog in a park. The video evoked strong emotions from Donna Barker, who works in social work and organizational development in Vancouver. She thought it was important for the public to see it. Read more 

June 12, 2020

By Province |

The work will take time and cause discomfort but bring long-overdue change, according to equity and inclusion professionals.

Canadians should embrace the discomfort that comes with the tough but important work of purging systemic racism from workplaces, say experts on equity and inclusion.

After a white police officer killed George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis on May 25, there has been a spotlight on people who participate in racist behaviour.

In B.C., it led to the resignation of a candle company founder and a public apology from a restaurateur. In the U.S., it led to the resignations of a fitness company CEO and a food and entertainment magazine editor.

Before that, there was the viral video of Amy Cooper, the white woman fired by an investment firm after she called New York police on Christian Cooper, a Black man who had asked her to leash her dog in a park.

The video evoked strong emotions from Donna Barker, who works in social work and organizational development in Vancouver. She thought it was important for the public to see it.

Read more 


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