Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A panel of Ryerson University Distinguished Visiting Professors discusses the realities and paradox of racism in Canada. While Canadians often understand and reject overt manifestations of racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and nativism, we also tolerate systemic racism against First Nations and racialized peoples, especially by police. The subtle, systemic and often invisible biases that underlie this paradox of rejecting overt expressions of bias and prejudice while tolerating their invisible practice, are hard to identify, let alone eradicate. Has academia given legitimacy to this phenomenon with the new label of implicit or unconscious bias?
The panel will look at the experience of First Nations peoples, African and Muslim Canadians, in particular. Panelists will reflect on the current media and public discourse of political correctness and free speech in the context of the national narrative of multiculturalism and consider what lies ahead for public intellectuals and academics in relation to the issue of bias and prejudice in our society.
Speakers: Alok Mukherjee, Distinguished visiting professor, Ryerson University; Haroon Siddiqui, The Star’s editorial page editor emeritus and a member of the Order of Canada; Kim Murray, Assistant Deputy Attorney General