This past weekend we had an honest and unfiltered conversation about our city’s shortcomings when it comes to tackling systemic, everyday racism.
I heard loudly and clearly that it’s not enough for us at the city to sit back and listen to people with lived experiences of racism.
We need to take action as a collective group. Another diversity plan on paper is not going to enact change. I understand that the last thing we need is a top down approach.
Quite frankly, as a white man, I do not experience racism. That is why I will be reaching out to those who participated Saturday and members of our diversity and race relations committee.
We will devise an action plan to work with our community to combat racism in London. It is important for us to address this as it is, an anti-racism strategy, rather than using words like “diversity” and “inclusion”.
The discussions that were had on the weekend were not easy, but an important step in realizing our problem goes far, far beyond the high-profile acts of racism that garner media attention. It’s daily discrimination, daily harassment and daily exclusion.
Thank you to all those who took part.
Please join me in continuing this important dialogue and let me know what you would like to see done as part of an anti-racism strategy.
Mayor Matt Brown
Filming Dish With Donald at the top of City Hall with Rogers TV
At the City of London and Reforest London’s National Tree Day giveaway at White Oaks Mall
Events and Occasions:
London’s Community Forum on Anti-Racism
Pediatric Oncology Open House at Children’s Hospital
Met with Antoni Wisiowski of MPAC
London’s Medical Innovation Network Council Meeting
Inter-American Press Association Conference welcome dinner
Western University Property and Finance Committee
Meet and greet with local immigrant entrepreneurs, stars of START London video
Brought greetings to Employee Update Event with Guest Speaker Michael Landsberg from TSN’s Off the Record
Met with Scott Hill of Play On! & Hockey Night in Canada
Celebrated National Tree Day with Tree Give Away at White Oaks Mall
Celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario-London-Middlesex Branch
At the 60th Anniversary of the Retired Women Teachers of the Ontario-London-Middlesex Branch