An Open Letter to my Children: Continue to Shine Despite Racism, Social Injustice!

Updated: Jun 27, 2020


June 9, 2020

Dear Emily and Edwin,

I must confess that I am experiencing a little bit of anxiety as I begin to write this letter to you. My fear does not stem from racism, but rather from the fact that in this short letter I will not be able to discuss in-depth how wonderful you both are.

For many decades, black people - along with other minorities - have experienced discrimination and continuous microaggressions, all on account of the colour of our skin. We have been portrayed as being ignorant, uneducated, over-represented, and dependent on welfare systems.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen what has happened to our brothers and sisters south of the border. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey and the latest being Gorge Floyd, just to name a few, were killed. When you asked me why, I was short of words to explain because I did not understand it either, except to pin it down to their skin colour.

In your little minds, I know you are scared, wondering how your future will look. Even though racism in Canada is systemic and very subtle, it is my responsibility to talk to you about it.

To you, Edwin, I know how intelligent you are. Out of the 26 students in your class, you are counted among the brightest. Your photographic memory makes you unique. Your knowledge of astronomical science is beyond my imagination. Continue to shine!