The concept of racism is pervasive and misunderstood in terms of what it is and how it manifests itself at both the individual and systematic levels. This session will point out various manifestations of racism that people may or may not attribute to racist beliefs and behaviors. Participants will be encouraged to explore the realities of how some past attempts to address differences have been ineffective or harmful.
Participants will be able to analyze and evaluate how racism has been embedded in social structures and organizations, and how these structures affect people's everyday lives and affect the fire service mission.
Participants will be able to outline racism as a form of oppression that operates in a dynamic way, intersecting relationships with other forms of power and oppression.
Participants will apply concepts of individual action and capture how collectively they can be utilized to create social change within the fire service.