Over the last week or so we’ve been compiling a few resources. I’m not tilting against the impossibility of any sort of comprehensiveness, but I’ve been holding off on sharing as I’ve been taking my time to try and sort through which places that I’ve found helpful to start in.

Shop: A list of Black-owned businesses in Toronto compiled by NOW Toronto

Read: The Death of George Floyd, In Context - The New Yorker

Listen: A podcast episode by Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Listen: the podcast Intersectionality Matters by Kimberlé Crenshaw and the AAPF (African American Policy Forum)

Read: a great anti-racist reading list by Ibram X. Kendi, with a lot of nuance. From the article: “This list of nonfiction books on antiblack racism is introductory, for minds beginning to open to the ubiquity of racism in the 21st century and its history. The list includes the books I would read if I were beginning my journey today. Recent or enduring books. Books accessible to anyone. Books that primarily expose racist policies and ideas. Books that are ambitious and sweeping, mostly covering a long period or wide scope, or a specific space or time from the eyes of the nation, from the ears of history. The kinds of books that send us searching and learning and changing more and more.”

Read: Read up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment by Somini Sengupta in the New York Times (links to articles, essays, books)

Donate: Black Lives Matter - Toronto

Donate: Black Legal Action Centre (Ontario)

I’ve found it hard to know where to start—there are so many resources out there—but listening and reading, learning and unlearning, is necessary for the journey.

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June 11, 2020 — wonderpens



wonderpens said:

Thank you so much for sharing these resources!

Education as a whole, the provincial curriculum, sometimes seems a bit slow to respond, and the individual classroom materials and experiences depend so much on the teacher at the front of the room. I am trying my best to do my part at home also. I have Desmond Cole’s book on my list! Thanks for another push to move him up.


Rosemary said:

Thanks for this list. I do think Canadians also need to have resources that help us further our understanding of the systemic racism that continues to be perpetuated on a daily basis upon Canada’s Indigenous People. Canada also has had other issues of systemic racism from the Head Tax, the Internment camps, etc…


wonderpens said:

I agree!

Lisa RR

Lisa RR said:

Thanks for the very useful list!
Maybe by the time your kids are in Grade 4, Social Studies will include a LOT better coverage of issues than in our time. This discussion really seems urgent now.

I have been reading about food organizations working for the black communities in Toronto. The Star had a good interview last week


Desmond Cole has been writing and talking about these issues in Canada for years.
He has appeared on the CBC Current radio show for his new book back in February and also earlier in June.



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