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Break Out: Revolution is not a one time event #2 Discussion – Farahnash Soekhlal

June 11, 18:00 - 18:45

After two weeks of protesting and Black Lives Matter dominating on social media, you might wonder: what happens now? Venture Cafe Global made a statement saying: “The racist system cannot be repaired. The system must be dismantled and rebuilt.” I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, people see racism as conscious hate, but it’s mostly unconscious. It’s embedded within our foundational thinking and behaviours. Even if we don’t want to, we are participating in a racist system. And the change is right here within us. I invite you to join this session if you’d like to find out what your role can be in dismantling and rebuilding the system.

I think it’s long overdue to start acknowledging black history and how it has shaped our current attitudes towards black people. Black people have tried to be seen and heard for over 400 years, but society keeps turning them down. In times where manufactured products are more valued than human life, protesting is one of the few effective ways to be heard. In this session, I invite you to play a privilege game with me. This, in order for us to recognise our own privileges. I will also dive into the concepts of guilt, ignorance, neutrality, intergenerational trauma and biased algorithms. I believe our true power lies in creating awareness within ourselves and our communities. I would like to open up the floor, hear what you think and discuss how we can be allies to the black community, and allies to each other in general.

What is currently going on, will go down in history as a turning point. As Audre Lorde said: “Revolution is not a one time event.” As an individual, as a business, as a parent, as a teacher, as a citizen of this globalised world, I’m asking you: who do you want to be in this changing world?

About Farahnash Soekhlal
I’m a cultural anthropology student, with a focus on gender, politics and colonialism. I would like to provide you with insights and spark the conversation.


June 11
18:00 - 18:45