HAT Forum
Sat July 16th 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room tba or 304
Topic:"Black Lives Matter"
Proposer: Gary Higgins

Background:
* At this year's Gay Pride parade in Toronto, Black Lives Matter was invited, but held a sit-in protesting the participation of police contingents. After 30 minutes, the Pride organizers signed an agreement accepting BLM's demands, and the parade continued. This has been controversial. The organizer who signed the agreement subsequently resigned and disclaims the authority to speak for the organization.
* In Dallas last week, at a Black Lives Matter protest, a black ex-reservist shot and killed 5 police officers and injured many others, both white and black.

Questions:
1. If you were black, would you be involved in confrontational behaviour? Would you pull back from these situations?
2. What role do cameras (cellphones, dashcams, bodycams) have in these events?
3. The (black) police chief in Dallas has appealed to African-Americans to apply to join the police force. Would hiring more African-Americans help the situation?
4. In Toronto "carding" has been controversial. Overall, has it been beneficial?
5. In your own life have you experienced racism or reverse racism? What strategies do you have for dealing with it?
6. Does the promotion of our ‘ chosen-ness ‘,, our individualism, our ‘ group identity ‘; e.g., nationalism, skin color, religion, sex, wealth & class; sometimes go beyond pride, and bordering on the exclusion of others?
7. What do you think about driving around with a gun?
8. Discuss these statements/slogans: "Black Lives Matter!" "Blue Lives Matter!"

Some quotes to consider:
“ Tolerance is never sufficient,
Humanity must learn to love our differences “
-       Justin Trudeau, signing the guest book,  Auschwitz-birkenau state museum

“ So if you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, & you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them, 99 out of 100 times is other black kids who are going to kill them; that’s the way they’re gonna die”
-       Former new York city mayor Rudy Giulliani on the increasing violence between white cops and black citizens

"Never forget our common humanity “
-       Bertrand Russell