If someone has a flawed, problematic view on something but they never discuss it with anyone, they won’t be aware of the issues of their perspective. They’ll cling on to their preconceived notions without questioning it, without being exposed to ongoing dialogue to incite reflection. As Canadian politician, judge, and author, Thomas Haliburton once said, “Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.” 
By opting for biracial actors in these types of roles, what messages are casting directors sending? We don’t know their intent, but the pattern of biracial and lighter skinned actors in the spotlight makes them appear more desirable, and perpetuates problematic beauty standards, excluding many people. 
Those who engage in cancel culture and call for celebrities to be cancelled for their actions and views often see themselves as activists making a positive difference; they see something wrong and they are doing something about it. However, this may not be the case when we take a step back and call cancel culture what it is - a modern form of ostracism. 
Everyone in a position of power has the opportunity to exercise their power responsibly, and these questions can inform their actions. Many (if not most) societal structures and systems were created and are run by heterosexual, able-bodied White men, and may not adequately support minorities. If this is the case, it is upon others within these systems to make the most of their power to create space for minority voices.
It is valid to have concerns over public health practices, and a lack of social distancing, but why have some of us forgotten basic traits like respect and empathy? The pandemic has led to hyper-sensitivity and hyper-judgement, which unfortunately allows for biases, prejudices and cultural incompetence to insert themselves in the mix.
This week is Bullying Awareness week, so there is no better time to reflect on the many aspects of bullying, from causes, to impacts, to prevention, and so on. We’ve all learned about bullying in school, yet the issue persists, with too many young people falling victim to bullying each year. Perhaps there is an opportunity to rethink our approach to bullying, unlearning our collective tendency of labelling, and understanding the complexities of the issues at hand. 
Redlining, a term coined by sociologist John McKnight in the 1960s, refers to the discriminatory practice of systematically denying (typically financial) services to specific areas based on a demographic’s predominant race and ethnicity. Black inner city neighbourhoods were most notably affected by the discriminatory practice which denied many minority families of mortgages, insurance, loans etc. based on race and location rather than merit and credit worthiness.

Considering the severity and frequency of police brutality, people are merely asking to be treated justly - to be protected and served the way the job was mandated - but it’s hard to see any steps in the right direction. From Rodney King, to Oscar Grant, to Mike Brown, to George Floyd, and far too many in between, history continues to repeat itself. Reflecting on history, policing has certainly evolved from its explicitly racist origins, but many of the unjust elements of policing in America and elsewhere are still rampant today.