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

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 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.

Title:Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present
ISBN:9781552669792
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  • Michael

    a collection of sharp essays on the fraught relationship between the Canadian state, policing, and Black lives. the first couple of essays overview the history of how Canada has monitored, controlled,...

  • Kara Babcock

    Policing Black Lives took me almost an entire month to read, which is virtually unheard of, and it’s not a very long book. It is, however, very dense, academic, and not at all happy reading. Neverth...

  • Alexis

    This book should be required reading for Canadians. I was quite angry as I read it. Why was I angry? There was so much in here that I did not know. I was not aware that we had slavery in Canada for 20...

  • Morgan Dhu

    I have been reading a fair bit lately about race and antiracist theory, but most of what I’ve been reading has been written in an American context, though of course much is broadly applicable to the...

  • Ashley Daviau

    I don’t even know where to start with this book. It’s heartbreaking and disgusting to think that the country I live in could be so racist. I also feel terribly uneducated, I had no idea how badly ...

  • emma

    i absolutely recommend reading this book...

  • Simon-pierre Gagnon

    Some books should be read by everyone. This is is one of them....

  • Ronan

    This is a thoroughly researched, well-structured and expansive look at how the Canadian state oppresses Black people. A bit tough to read at times because of the academic writing style and overwhelmin...

  • Zo

    Really well researched and argued. All chapters are well constructed and contribute to drive the main point of the author. After reading, I can say I have a deeper understanding of institutional and s...

  • Kab

    4.5 A comprehensive dissection of anti-Black racism across history, in Canada, and across all borders. If repetitious it's as a direct reflection of unrelenting anti-Black demonisation, surveillance, ...