November 28th, 2019

NDP to call for action plan to deal with anti-Black racism in Peel schools

MPP Sara Singh (Brampton Centre) is calling on the Ford government to commit to an independent, transparent investigation into anti-Black racism allegations at the Peel District School Board and a properly funded action plan to address its findings — and she’ll put it to a vote today at Queen’s Park.

“Anti-Black racism in schools is, unfortunately, not new. Black community members and families have been fighting this for years. After recent complaints of hurtful and damaging incidents of anti-Black racism in Peel schools, it’s time for an independent, transparent investigation and a commitment from this government to finally act and address it,” said Singh.

The NDP Black Caucus has also voiced their support for this motion, and the need for action.

“Racism feeds on silence, and apathy,” said MPP Kevin Yarde (Brampton North). “To be effective, this investigation needs to result in real action.”

“We do not need another report that will sit on the shelves to collect dust,” said NDP Black Caucus Chair Laura Mae Lindo. “Only if done right can this review move Ontario one small step closer to becoming a province where Black students can feel safe, supported, and free to learn.”

Lindo pointed out that the former Liberal government failed to support Black students and their families when they spoke out about racism — and said the Ford government is making it worse by making cuts to education and the Anti-Racism Directorate, and by freezing the funding for the Black Youth Action Plan.