IMMEDIATE RESPONSE: ADDRESSING ANTI-NATIVE AND ANTI-BLACK RACISM IN CHILD WELFARE

  • Gordon Pon Ryerson University
  • Kevin Gosine Brock University
  • Doret Phillips
Keywords: child welfare, critical race feminism, anti-colonialism, anti-oppression, anti-racism, disproportionality

Abstract

Anti-oppression emerged in the 1990s as a perspective for challenging inequalities and accommodating diversity within the field of social work, including child welfare in Canada. Using the concepts of white supremacy, anti-Black, and anti-Native racism in conjunction with the notion of the exalted national subject (Thobani, 2007), we contend that any understanding of the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Black children in the care of child welfare services must be located within the wider narrative of white supremacy that has underpinned the formation of the post-war welfare state. This overrepresentation highlights the need to shift from anti-oppression to critical race feminism and anti-colonialism perspectives in order to address more effectively anti-Black and anti-Native racism and the economy of child welfare.

Published
2011-07-08
Section
Articles