Black Grassroots OrganizingPublisher: Black Resources and Information Centre, Canada
Year Published: 1977
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX309
This pamphlet suggests a number of actions for examining racism in Canadian society and for moving to eliminate that racism
Abstract: This pamphlet suggests a number of actions for examining racism in Canadian society and for moving to eliminate that racism. It is written for anyone wanting to deal with race relations and prejudice. The writer states some common traps in thinking, such as assuming "nothing can be done" or that it is only a communications problem, or that it is essentially a "black problem" and not a "white problem". Instead, the author encourages the analysis of white racism as a first step to organizing and dealing with its manifestations in schools, media, business, public services, housing, income, jobs, and the legal system. In each of the foregoing areas, ways to initiate change efforts are listed. Some actions focus specifically on prejudice such as those fostered by teacher training, myths perpetuated by the media, and discrimination in housing and jobs. Other suggested notions focus on institutional structures such as loan and credit procedures in the welfare system that foster racism and the oppression of all poor people.