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Changing the Narrative: A discussion on anti-black racism in academia: Ways

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Changing the Narrative: A discussion on anti-black racism in academia: Ways to navigate as a learner amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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The contributions of Black scholarship is heavily ignored through course delivery and then absent from the knowledge exchange of Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) students’. The dominant narrative has been and continues to be, white ideological, academic literature, which is perceived to be the only relevant knowledge among educators and students. In this normalcy of education, many Black students are left with gaps in their learning, particularly about Black literature. For instance, histories on African social discourses can play a vital role in defining African descent people’s identities. However, due to the absence of Black academic thought, there alleviates the opportunity for Black people to know the relevance of Black academic literature. Purposely ignoring Black scholarship, many ACB people and the broader diverse community members remain ignorant of how Black scholarship can be relevant. Instead, Canadian and American people come to know Blackness and all its forms only though negative and stereotypical assertions.

Black scholarship is deemed unimportant to many Canadians, and unfortunately, insignificant to many Black Canadians as they are never provided with the information about Black academic thought. Do you know who Frantz Fanon, bell hooks, or Marcus Garvey? Do you know how their work has impacted academia in a positive and still does to this day?

With this in mind, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) has organized a discussion on Anti-Black Racism In Academia: Time To Pay Homage To Black Scholarship.

Our goal is to address the impact of anti-Black racism and its effects on Black literature. Specifically, we encourage ACB students and community members to be open to receive Black thought, which has been stripped from the black community due to the persistence of a white ideology that is anti-Black.

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