On Monday evening I had the privilege of hosting a discussion about the intersection of identity and politics with some great local thinkers: Wael Haddara (@waelhaddara), Saleha Kahn (@khansalehak), and Jeff Preston (@jeffpreston).
Lesley Bikos (@lbikos) takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of law enforcement culture and introduces us to a world where you have to either fit in, turn a blind eye, or risk it all by speaking up.
A former police officer, Lesley Bikos is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Western University. Her research interests are primarily in the intersection of gender and workplace culture with a current focus on policing and police reform. Lesley is currently working on a nation-wide study of about 85 Canadian police officers and learning more about the impact that police culture has on their on and off-duty lives. She hopes to interview 100 officers by the end of her study.
As Neo learned, it’s all too easy to take reality for granted. Makes for good Hollywood, sure, but what if all around us — embedded in way we use language, traditions, and organizations — is a world that is more than it might first appear on the surface? Rowa joins us to tell the story of what motivated her to take on the status quo in our current version reality. It is a story about discovering how racism is manifested in society and structured in the institutions all around us.
As she puts, “It’s like waking up from the Matrix.”
Rowa Mohamed recently graduated with a degree in health sciences from Western University. She is highly invested in many social justice and anti-racism efforts in the city — a community provocateur with a passion for equality.
Notes and links
- On Intersectionality: Essential Writings by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Race and health – Wikipedia
- @LeslieMac tweet regarding Woman’s March
- Son of Baldwin on Facebook and Twitter
- Patricia Hill Collins
- bell hooks
- Frantz Fanon
- Kim Katrin Milan
- Photograph of conversation by Suze Morrison (@DelSuze)
- Race is a Verb [Related blog post]
- Rowa and I participated in a local radio talk show panel on the subject of racism the very next day