Accept differences and try to learn about the other “race” or group that you have never interacted with.
Do you think of yourself as racist? Or would you say you have no racist tendency? Whether we acknowledge it or not, most of us carry within us, intrinsic preconceived notions about a group, a community, a gender or a race of people that surface in our dealings with them.
Today, March 21, is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recognized by the United Nations – a day to reflect upon biases and make deliberate attempts to end those intolerate behaviours. While a day’s reflection might not be significant to bring the changes required everyday contemplation on those and acting to correct them will make a difference. In Canada, immigrants and people of indigenous ethnicity face challenges and that has exarcebated during the pandemic.
- Be conscious of your thoughts and actions
- Understand that your unconscious biases can be taking over conscious mind
- Accept differences and try to learn about the other “race” or group that you have never interacted with
- Try forging friendships outside your circle or community of comfort
- Look for what you have in common than what separates you
These efforts will not only help create a just society it will help you become a better person. Remember that each one of us can do much more than we are doing to make the world less racist and free of discrimination.