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Black History Month has turned into HR blackface

By Erica Ifill      

We were told by white people in positions of power that they were listening and learning—unfortunately, that’s where many of them stopped. Many aren’t doing. And when they do something, it turns out to be a mockery.

Black History Month-themed car wraps like the ones used by the Peel police department is performative solidarity instead of addressing anti-Blackness in policing and the tragic results from that racism embedded in their institutional structures, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter

CALGARY—Instead of organizations creating positive, inclusive environments to celebrate Black History Month with their employees, what has transpired is nothing less than an onslaught of microaggressions that would leave anyone disillusioned and depressed. Many organizations use their “celebration” of Black History Month to promote their minstrelsy.

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