June 5, 2016

from Brett


This week I completed a first aid course. One thing that wasn’t covered in the course (but I wish had been) is a structural analysis of health statistics; if a racialized group is overrepresented in the stats, IT PROBABLY HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH COLONIALISM AND CAPITALIST WHITE SUPREMACIST CISHETEROPATRIARCHY. Please do not talk to me about any evolutionary theories.

And with that, here is the week in links:


  • Black Lives Matter Toronto has responded to Mayor John Tory’s request for advice on what do about carding. They recommend that carding data should be removed immediately from police records, and that the data be provided confidentially to the Anti-Black Racism Network, for further research on how anti-black racism manifests in Toronto.
  • Words are important! WOC vs Black Women: Thoughts on the fallacy of solidarity & the erasure of Black women.
  • On the topic of malls, here is an exposé on Liftblr, the story of (mostly white) teen girls stealing things, for both glamour and anti-capitalism.


  • Romance, unlike human labour, is an infinitely renewable resource,” read this conversation with Moira Weigel, author of Labor of Love, to satisfy some of your marxist feminist desires.
  • Big news from Sara Ahmed, who recently announced her resignation from Goldsmiths. She writes, “I have resigned in protest against the failure to address the problem of sexual harassment. I have resigned because the costs of doing this work have been too high.”
  • An important and difficult read: the woman who survived sexual assault perpetrated by a Stanford swimmer has published her statement addressing him directly at his sentencing.
  • This week is marked by the passing of the great Muhammad Ali, and I hope that you find time to mourn in whichever ways suit you best. Dave Zirin and Ishmael Reed each, respectively, remember Ali in complex ways, acknowledging his power, wit, and Black excellence.


  • Ijeoma Oluo reminds us that parenting is complicated and that small children have a death wish, so what happened at the Cincinnati zoo could happen to any mother.
  • The first installment of Roots premiered on Monday. It’s a reboot and retelling of Alex Haley’s novel of the same name. Collected from Black Twitter, this is a syllabus to accompany it.
  • As part of Rookie‘s How We Live series, centring the lived experience and thought of black teenagers, Amandla Stenberg answers questions about sexuality, hair, activism (and more!). Her answers are affirming and brilliant.
  • You can help support independent Canadian feminist media, and the artists and authors who labour for it, by donating to GUTS’s patreon. And, the rewards are swish. Tote bags, so practical.

If I missed any of your fave links from this week, please add them in the comments! XO


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