This webinar was completed on January 15, 2015. You can view the entire webinar below:
When analyzing the impact of race and racism on children and youth, it’s important that we examine the systemic constraints placed on racialized communities that take the form of unquestioned norms, assumptions, behaviours and symbols that are subtle institutional rules. When a racialized youth or child is social contracted as deviant, disordered and destructive, they begin to internalize these social differences as ascribed identities which becomes self-defeating, self-limiting and self-destructive. As a result of these social, cultural and political barriers, many opportunities are usually lost to this sub-group and then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. This is where mental health psychosis and substance abuse become the norm for this sub-group as a way to numb their pain and escape from this fixed reality. This webinar looks at the racism and other oppressions experienced by transitional aged youth and the anti-racism/anti-oppression framework used in the service delivery for this population.