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Transformation

If we are to act effectively against racism in all its forms, we need to examine our own beliefs honestly. Perhaps the most effective starting point is to listen to understand.

We need to notice what makes us uncomfortable, defensive or angry and examine why. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves on topics related to diversity. It is too easy to create an “echo chamber” of voices that agree with us and reinforce our worldview, justifying our own feelings while overlooking or oversimplifying the experiences and arguments that challenge us. As a result, we cause hurt, often not recognising the role we have played. The impact of bias and prejudice matters more than our professed intention when someone has been side-lined by our words and actions. There are so many opportunities to learn directly from the very voices that have not been heard. As one of our initiatives to support visible change, the Transformation and Diversity Committee is compiling some resources for members of our community to read. The material purposefully does not relate only to schools or only to South Africa.

These articles, videos and images do not form a statement on behalf of the school. The views expressed in this resource bank must become part of the conversations we are having now and in the future. We are committed to transformation and acting against racism and other forms of discrimination.

Please engage with us on forwardtogether@standrews.co.za with any comments or contributions to our conversation.

Being anti-racist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination.Ibram X Kendi.

 

Voices: A Resource Bank to Support Diversity


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