In the midst of ever-changing circumstances around us, it’s easy to forget the events of 2020 and the racial tension that ensued. There were protests, arguments over social media, long-standing establishments being challenged as the cry for systemic change and reform went forth.
Now a year later, it seems as though many of those cries have quieted, and attention moves on to other social justice issues of note.
While it’s never a bad thing to focus on various issues affecting us as a society, it’s vital that these actions don’t just become another moment in time but rather a movement that continues for years to come.
At Fernie, we work primarily with racialized young people, giving us a unique perspective on what these communities face. While there is no one quick-fix answer to the problems that still exist amongst these communities, everyday things can be done to continue the conversation and further the changes we long to see in our society and our city.
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The power of conversation and using your voice to address these issues can not be overstated. Individuals and small groups speaking up against injustice proved effective when fighting racism at the beginning of 2020. Since then, discussions have become less frequent, and actions even less. These types of personal commitments change the way many perceive these issues and encourage others to become a part of the solution.