Robyn Maynard's Policing Black Lives
- October 13 to November 10
- Every other Wednesday 6:30-8 p.m.
- Book club meets at selkirk.zoom.us/my/mircentre
Join us every time or just play it by ear. Jump in when you can. Books can be found at the library (public or college) and Otter Books in Nelson. Anyone purchasing from Otter Books can receive 10% off if they let staff know they are part of the Mir book club.
Looking forward to learning together!
About the Book:
Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of over four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.
While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.
Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.
Policing Black Lives is the first book of its kind: a flagship abolitionist text that lays the grounds for the abolition of policing, incarceration and borders as the only path forward if Black liberation is to be achievable in Canada and globally.
A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.
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All books are available at your local libraries including Selkirk College's library.