Faculty board trustee Donna Blackburn censured by board for anti-Black racism

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Seven group teams have known as on Blackburn to resign, and representatives met with schooling minister Stephen Lecce to debate the incident.

Kedroe’s lawyer issued an announcement Tuesday commending the varsity board for “their dedication to equality and anti-racism.”

“It was evident that the trustees overcame sturdy feelings of anger and disgrace to be able to ship a transparent message that this kind of conduct is just not and won’t be tolerated within the OCDSB,” stated the assertion from Lawrence Greenspon.

In her assertion of apology in regards to the incident, Blackburn wrote that she is “the mom of a Black grownup daughter. I’m keenly conscious of the challenges going through Black youngsters and youth rising up in Ottawa.

“As a member of the LGBTQ+ group, I’ve firsthand expertise coping with discrimination. It’s merely not who I’m to discriminate.”

Blackburn has a historical past of outspokenness and has complained the board’s code of conduct has been utilized in an effort to silence her. She has been the topic of 5 complaints from fellow trustees. In one case, she was censured for disrespectful behaviour towards one other trustee; two complaints had been settled informally after Blackburn apologized and two complaints had been dropped.