Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present
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 Canad...more
Maynard pays particular attention to intersectional identities, using examples and detailing how anti-Black racism interacts with sexism, ableism, homophobia, and more. She also frequently notes the links between anti-Black racism and colonialism.
I can't imagine the kind o ...more
I read this book slowly as it contains so much information that was unknown to me.
While there are numerous important quotes in this book, I have chosen to share the following ones.
"The high rate of poverty in Black communities stems largely from structural racism, and a full two-thirds of Black children in ...more
Maynard is a Black feminist write ...more
Policing Black Lives goes over extremely important topics such as police brutality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and countless other inequalities that Black Canadians face every day that many Canadians have no idea about and just think that these things are "American problems".
- Although this took me almost a month to read, which is super long by my standards, it is not because this is a long book. This book is dense with information and not a happy read wh ...more
That being said, as other reviewers have indicated, this is a very dense read. It reads much more like a textbook than some of the other books I have read on the subject, which were ...more
The first chunk of it is basic Canadian history about slavery, which is not taught in our schools. We teach the Underground Railroad and that's about it. The book goes on to discuss current Canadian policy, and I learned a lot. It laid things out really well to explain how we as a country got to where we are.
It's meticulously researched, but not boring to read. While it's primarily looking at anti-Black racism, it also addres ...more
By not making emotional statements, and by constantly citing academic references and sources to the many examples the author gives of institutionalized racism, Ms. Maynard, over the course of the book, creates an incontrovertible argument that the racist actions of government(s) in Canada have continued fr ...more