Celebrating Black History Month at Carleton

Black History Month (BHM) is underway around the world, and Carleton is hosting its own month of programming dedicated to recognition and remembrance. Officially recognized in Canada in 1995, the month of February is celebrated as Black History Month internationally. BHM: BLACK, Reborn is a month of events being held by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and three of its service centres: the Race, Ethnicity and Culture (REC) Hall, the Womyn’s Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. Alexis Oundo, CUSA’s vice-president (student services) said BHM is important for students. “BHM is always great for students both racialized and marginalized to celebrate their individuality. This is also a valuable opportunity for students at large to get involved and learn […]

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Letter: Individualism overrides intersectionality

This is something that I want to address regarding the dominant narrative that I’ve heard so much of since I’ve been on campus—the narrative of intersectionality. You are an individual with the right to believe and think whatever it is you want in your own head. Since coming to Carleton, I have heard a lot, particularly through my experience in clubs and within the classroom  about white privilege and intersectionality. This is the idea that various areas of identity (class, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) are not completely independent and separated concepts from each other. I would like to firmly assert that I don’t agree with this idea, as it is the classification of people into arbitrary groups that are […]

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Universities should collect race data

Fikir Worku, a student at the University of Waterloo was recently told that if she wanted to develop service centres for visible minorities on campus, she would have to collect the data on racial demographics herself. Most universities in Canada do not collect race data because race should not affect student admission into the university, but colourblindness in regards to race is an issue that is brought up in many communities of colour. A person or institution that claims they ‘don’t see colour’ ignores the marginalization caused to non-white communities. Colourblindness plays up the idea that everyone is equal, and does not acknowledge the inequalities between white and non-white people. Affirmative action in post-secondary admissions and job postings use race […]

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Editorial: Black history needs more attention

This month saw the annual celebration of Black History Month (BHM). Despite the importance of such a month, the publicity surrounding events being hosted by groups at Carleton didn’t match that of many other awareness campaigns. Carleton’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre, the Institute of African Studies Student Association, the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Race, Ethnicity and Cultural (REC) Hall, and CUSA’s Womyn’s Centre partnered to host seven events celebrating queer black students at Carleton. The REC Hall put on two more events to celebrate the month. The departments of history and African studies also hosted events. But none of these were very widely publicized by the university or CUSA—only one of them was retweeted on CUSA’s Twitter page. […]

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REC Hall, Womyn’s Centre, and GSRC host Black History Month

Carleton’s Black History Month events are in full swing this February, with multiple events aimed at celebrating black culture and encouraging open discussions of race, gender, and equality. The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Race, Ethnicity, and Culture (REC) Hall in collaboration with the Womyn’s Centre and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC) are behind the events this year. REC Hall volunteer coordinator Kareen Onyeaju said the theme of this month’s events is “It’s lit,” which emphasizes the nature of the month as a celebration. “We’re live, it’s a celebration,” Onyeaju said. “Blackness is here to stay, and we have every right to celebrate it on campus and internationally.” She added the theme encompasses what Black History Month should […]

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