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September 29, 2020 25 min

Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, a psychologist specializing in diversity and inclusion, shares his personal experiences of racism and discrimination – as a child, and as professional.  We also chat about explaining privilege to White people; being accepted as Canadians; and the “false truth” of multiculturalism in Canada.

In this episode: 

Find out about:

  • [00:06:34]  Explaining to a White person why you want your child to have a better life
  • [00:10:21]  The greatest privilege Dr. Abdulrehman wants for his child
  • [00:11:39]  Discrimination from a teacher
  • [00:14:58]  Racism in Canada today (2020)
  • [00:19:59]  The untenable choice: freedom to be yourself, or freedom from conflict
  • [00:21:48]  The mythology of a multicultural Canada
  • Bonus – a piece of Canadian trivia:    What’s the provincial flower of Manitoba? If you didn’t know, now you’ll know!

    Full transcript available at:

    Guest Bio and References/Links

    Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman is a consulting and clinical psychologist and public speaker, with a special focus on diversity and inclusion. He combines his significant clinical skills with his lived experience as both a person of color and an immigrant, to help people better understand microaggressions, privilege, representation, and culture.

    Dr. Abdulrehman has consulted with such organizations as the CBC, the Mastercard Foundation, and the RCMP, and was a speaker at the Winnipeg TedX Talks. He currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he runs a psychology clinic, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, and is a visiting professor at two universities in Tanzania.

    Dr. Abdulrehman is also a subject matter expert on unconscious bias for Google and YouTube. And if all that wasn’t enough, in his “spare time” he co-hosts a podcast about diversity and inclusion called Different People.


    Find Dr. Abdulrehman on:

    Winnipeg TedxTalk on YouTube

    Different People Podcast


    Music Credits:
    What Words Can't Describe, by Vlad Gluschenko
    License: CC BY 3.0:

    Beautiful Modern Rock Pop Guitar All Goodness Background Music, by Royalty Free Music
    License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0:

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