Catch da Flava Radio - Racism in the Education System

For our September 26th show, Catch da Flava explored the topic of racism in the education system. For our first half, our co-host Diamond led the discussion on racism in school. She brought up a recent event in Toronto hosted by Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate, which invited 30 Youth from across Ontario who witnessed or experienced racism, and how they participated in an engagement session. The event was held in order to bring a spotlight to the everyday struggles that students face, and to give legitimacy to the experiences that they youth face. Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau was present to give remarks before the start of the event, as well as the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism.

With the introduction of this topic, Diamond and another co-host, Tyger, discussed their personal experience in dealing with racism. Diamond discussed her general experiences as a young Black girl in the school system, and recalls an incident when she was in primary school where a substitute teacher had declared aloud that “Asians were the smartest” which caused Diamond to question the legitimacy of stereotypes. For Tyger, an international student originally from Vietnam, she discusses how her issues with racism are unique to the fact that she is an international student, and it is often her speaking that is discriminated against, as she has a considerable accent since English is not her first language. 

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