Following the rise of racist searches and incidents online, Canadians have done something that most Americans are loathe to do. Instead of using pro-free speech arguments to distract from the racist vitriol or to create moral equivalencies between white supremacists and anti-racist activists, the province of Ontario has adopted a strategic policy plan to directly counter the impacts of racism.
The goal of the plan is to disrupt unconscious biases and implicit structures that inﬂuence government decision-making and create structured inequality in the province.
According Michael Coteau, the minister of Children and Youth Services, “A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan” is a rational, evidence-based, and proactive plan to prepare Canada for a culturally diverse future. The plan moves beyond the denial liberal Western democracies often have about racial tensions to promote not only dialogue, data collection, and reflection but also to outline concrete steps for government action.
If successful, the plan will incorporate extensively documented evidence of systemic racism with local race-based data to address tensions and disparities at the grassroots level.