“The Skin We’re In” – Desmond Cole on Anti-Blackness in Canada

“Colour-blindness is not really about being unable to see race, it’s a way of dealing with something you find deeply uncomfortable.” – activist and journalist Desmond Cole unpacks the history and the current reality of Anti-Blackness and racism in Canada in the CBC documentary The Skin We’re In.

Canadian exceptionalism narratives prevent us from confronting the systems of violence that continue to oppress those at the margins of society. We cannot start thinking about transformative social change without willingly interfacing with our complicity – our pathological silence on Anti-blackness and racism. We need to own up, learn, and do the hard work required for anti-racism.

Link to Full Story: Yes, Canada, anti-black racism lives here: journalist Desmond Cole

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