Policing Black Lives – Guelph Book Launch

February 8, 2018 3:00 pm

University Centre (UC)-University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East, Guelph, ON

Organized By

OPIRG Guelph

As part of Black History Month, Montréal-based community researcher and Black liberation activist Robyn Maynard is coming to Guelph to launch her new book: ‘Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present’.

Join us in UC 441 for a presentation and discussion, brought to you by OPIRG Guelph’s Radical Resource Library and the Student Help and Advocacy Centre at U of G. Books will be available for purchase.

All welcome! This is a free, physically accessible event.

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 nearly 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.

A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.

Read more about the book here:

Watch the book launch trailer here: