Prof. Evelyn Mayanja’s article for The Conversation on “Overcoming racism depends on respect for every person’s dignity” is a thought provoking piece on how Racism against Black people, Indigenous peoples, and people of colour remains. Regardless of national and international systems founded on human dignity, equal rights, and liberty.
These institutions, such as the Canadian Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, fail to address the underlying causes of racism and offer untrustworthy answers.
Racism’s continuation is tied to selfishness, capitalism, and past slavery and colonialism, which deny coloured people’s dignity and humanity. To remove racism, racial capitalism must be dismantled and measures implemented. That involve young people, recognise and celebrate human interdependence, and recognise personhood, the dignity of every individual, and collective obligations.