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A Toronto District School Board (TDSB) presentation from last year lectured parents on how treating people equally was a form of “colorblindness racism” along with other ideas stemming from critical race theory (CRT). In a slideshow titled “Talking Race with your Child(ren),” the TDSB called on parents to “avoid neutral language” such as “we are all people” when having race-related discussions with their children. “Colorblindness is the racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as possible, without regard to race, culture, or ethnicity,” the TDSB claimed, citing a 2011 Psychology Today article. In a separate slide addressing colourblindness, the TDSB wrote that treating everyone equally “foists whiteness on everyone” and “strips non-white people of their uniqueness.” The concept of colourblind racism comes out of CRT-related teachings which have received newfound attention south of the border, as a handful of state school boards have passed bills banning CRT in schools.

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