Racial Awakening: Where Are We Now?
Two and a half years ago the world was in shock with George Floyd dying before our eyes.
It was a pivotal moment. After years of hearing about the racial injustice experienced by people of colour – the world seemed ready to listen finally.
Then a year later 215 unmarked graves were found at the site of a former Kamloops Indian residential school – the first of what would amount to over 1500 unmarked graves found at former residential schools across Canada.
Organizations started to confront the grim reality of racial discrimination -a spotlight was being shone on the lack of people of colour in places of power.
But according to Statistics Canada, the number of reported hate crimes has only gone up.
Studies show diversity and representation at the decision-making level of organizations and churches have not changed. Pew Research Centre finds that Black Christians feel safer worshiping with those who look like them.
On today’s Context: Where are we now? 2.5 years after the Racial Awakening, has the world finally woken up?