Mythical Encounters: Challenging Racism in the Diverse, Post-Racial City
In this presentation, I situate consultations with racial and Indigenous Others in the City of Toronto within the context of diversity discourse and the racial norms that are incited into and by it. A detailed exploration of City of Toronto policy documents which report on consultations with racial and Indigenous Others reveal that diversity discourse and the promise of the post-racial simultaneously invite and reproduce race via commodification of racial Otherness, and the continued abjection of claims of racism in the City. I draw on several policy examples to show how the essentialisation of racial and Indigenous bodies as lacking becomes intimately connected with the co-production of the diverse, post-racial City of Toronto and the naturalization of the white male subject, his knowledge, power, and right to space in the City. I conclude by arguing that diversity discourse and promise of the post-racial are racial ideals which are enlivened in the present because of the claims of racism made by racial and Indigenous Others in the City of Toronto, thereby making consultation processes with racial and Indigenous Others integral to the reproduction of race in the City.