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Resources for Ending Anti-Black Racism

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Anti-Black racism has a long history in Canada, and the experience is intersectionalBlack women and girls and Trans and non-binary people experience discrimination based their race and gender and other identity factors such as sexuality, ability, faith, age, and more. 

These resources on anti-Black racism in Canada and misogynoir are particularly helpful for non-Black people to educate themselves and share with others 

We’ll add to this list as new resources become available, and we encourage you to link to any you’ve found helpful in the comments.  

Author Robyn Maynard on Anti-Black Racism, Misogyny, and Policing in Canada 

“One of the reasons that racism persists in Canada is because our commitment to the perception of racial tolerance & harmony seems to be prized above the actual lived experiences of people.” 

Read more from this Q&A with Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives.  

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present 

5 Black Women Talk About Their Lives In Canada–Past, Present And Future 

“In Canada, Black women are still discriminated against in the healthcare system … We continue to be victims of police and state violence, and in the workplace, continue to be paid less than both white men and white women.” 

Read more from reporter Eternity Martis on the experience of being a Black woman in Canada.  

Our Dance of Revolution: The History of Toronto’s Black Queer Community 
Our Dance of Revolution tells a story over 4 decades of how Black queer folks in Toronto rose up against invisibility and police brutality. You can purchase a DVD for educational purposes or set up a screening on their website.  

Arrange to show this film at your work or school. 

Report on Black Women in Canada 

“Research shows that the cumulative impact of racism, discrimination, poverty and other structural and systemic inequalities profoundly impact the physical, emotional and mental health of all Black women in Canada.” 

Get #BehindTheNumbers with this report on the experiences of Black women and girls in Canada.

Why COVID-19 is Even More Dangerous for Black Women

“Ultimately, the way we respond to racial profiling now can help set better precedent for how we treat and view vulnerable groups in a post-COVID-19 world. When we punish and question people of colour for accessing basic necessities, especially during a pandemic, it reveals who we think deserves to be healthy and safe.” 

Read more from Eternity Martis about how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating racism against Black women and girls. 

Showing Up for Racial Justice 

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is an international network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. You can check out their resources and upcoming webinars on their websitestart a chapter, or join the existing Toronto chapter. 

Roots and Resistance 

This 2018 webinar from Yamikani Msosa explores the connections between sexual violence, state violence, and healing from collective and individual sexual abuse and trauma for Black survivors. You can watch it here.  

Deepen your Anti-Racism Work  

This list of anti-racism resources is a robust source for everything from children’s books to podcasts recommendations.  

Check it out, and commit to reading, watching or listening to at least three of these texts.

Learn more 

2 Responses to “Resources for Ending Anti-Black Racism”

  1. Avatar Molly Barnes says:

    Thanks for the info on your site. Excellent.

  2. Avatar shirley says:

    I am an RN and I work with an agency. AS an agency RN I work throughout the GTA . This however has been a problem as hospital managers have banned me from working for merely disagreeing with staff nurse. There are other reasons which amount to antiblack racism
    I am not only banned from the hospital the complaint is made at but at ANY hospital affiliated with the hospital which the incident occurred.
    I am not the 0nly Agency nurse that has been dealt this blow. It is a practice around and outside the GTA.
    A majority of agency nurses are BLACK. We have dealt with numerous microaggression and oppressive behaviors in order to keep a job. This has mentally destroyed some nurses.
    I have been accused for pulling the race card when speaking of the events of banning.

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