If we want real social change, kids need to see plenty of black role models anywhere they look
‘Society needs to elevate black people by putting us right in the middle of things along with our peers’ It’s been an interesting year to be a black Canadian. We’ve seen major shifts in the public conversation about racism in every sphere of life; it’s been both difficult and inspiring. As an entrepreneur, I’ve been thinking a lot about what kinds of change I’d like to see in my own sphere: the business world. So this year for Black History Month, I’m dreaming big … and also medium-sized. Let me explain what I mean. For black people, our kids go from being adorable toddlers with lots of fluffy hair that everyone wants to touch, to menacing teenagers who are cast as possible thugs. As they grow up, in their everyday lives, they’re shown they can be rappers or Raptors, or possibly criminals, but little else.