A municipality in Canada apologized after creating a “challenge” for Black History Month for its employees, which included activities like “dancing to a song reggae”And“ talking to a black employee ”.
According to Vice, the Durham region, which consists of eight cities, towns and districts east of Toronto, defined a series of activities for its employees to complete in February, which also included answer questions about the geography of Africa, cook a African or Caribbean meal and take a “photograph of an object in your home that reminds you of Black History”.
The writer Desmond Cole posted an image of the challenge on Twitter and asked: “So @RegionofDurham created a treasure hunt activity for Black History Month for employees … is this what we are doing in 2021?”
The challenge was widely condemned in the Twitter – namely the part where it challenged employees to “Having a conversation with a black employee”. “Having a conversation with a black employee? And then? Take a photo and share on Twitter? Mark your paper and step aside so that the next white person can talk to the black employee? ”, Criticized a user of the social network.
The Durham region issued a statement apologizing for the challenge, which was canceled. “Excuse us. As part of the Durham Region Black History Month Initiatives, an internal challenge activity for the Durham Region team was a mistake. This caused damage to our black employees and the community”, But not three notes.
The communiqué also guaranteed that the municipality will “guarantee that the other activities of Black History Month are respectful and educational”.
Elaine Baxter-Trahair, administrative director for the Durham Region, explained in statements to the Breakfast Television Toronto gives CityTV, that the idea behind the challenge was to get employees learn more about “culture black Canadians from many different destinations. Unfortunately, some of the activities were not adequate and that is why we are sorry ”.
Baxter-Trahair also said that the challenge was created by a “diversified committee”, but ensured that he will make sure that “they have the proper training before they start planning events like this” again.
John Henry, regional president and executive director of the Durham region, said he was “sad” when he heard about the challenge. “We work hard to build great relationships across the region, with our black community,” he said. “We will do everything we can to regain the trust of our community.”
The Durham region is creating a diversity, equality and inclusion office to deal with systemic racism within the community.
Maria Campos, ZAP //