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Slavery’s long shadow

Ongoing state violence against Black people has its roots in a culture of anti-Blackness, writes

PERSONAL ESSAY

WRITING MY book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present, felt to me like an urgent matter. That feeling only intensified due to events that unfolded during the time I worked on the volume.

I’ve always been committed to using my research (gleaned over a decade of activism) and writing skills to help create community-based responses to issues like racial profiling, police killings, unjust immigration and detention policies, and other forms of state violence experienced by Black and other racialized communities. But like many other Black people around the world, I have been in a state of nearly constant mourning amid the recent spate of highly visible and horrific U.S. police killings – of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and Eric Garner, among others – and the deaths, in recent years, of hundreds of African refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.

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