The history of Canada’s racist colonial past is tangled and ugly, and racism remains an urgent problem today — especially for progressive social movements.

Sheila Wilmot draws in equal measure upon her extensive experience as a white anti-racist activist, and critical theories of race and whiteness, in an effort to re-think the way white leftists understand and take up anti-racism.

Taking Responsibility, Taking Direction puts the issue of white anti-racism in historical context, and its combination of head-on self-reflection and crisp, sophisticated political analysis provides a stimulating balance of critique and inspiration.

Subject Social Science/Discrimination & Race Relations
Published December 2005
Price $22.95 CDN
Pages 176 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5.5″ × 7.5″ × 0.5″
ISBN-10 1894037243
ISBN-13 9781894037242

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  • Alan Sears, in New Socialist writes:

    This book is a model of the kind of left analysis we need to develop if we are to learn the lessons of the past and begin to rebuild our capacity for dissent. It is a vibrant example of an open socialist theory, resting on firm foundations while actively engaged in dialogue and debate with a variety of perspectives grounded in the experiences of racism and the struggles to end it.

About the Author

Sheila became a community organizer in the late 1980s, working with a range of people on local anti-racist, workers’ rights, feminist and anti-war organizing, as well as with a number of international solidarity projects. She has also been a shop steward and rank-and-file union activist. In her position as staff Equity Officer at the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3903, she carries out policy, education, advocacy and mediation work in relation to harassment, discrimination and accommodation. Sheila also holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Labour-community coalition organizing was the focus of her research. Her dissertation, The Social Organization of the Ontario Minimum Wage Campaign, is a contribution to understanding the challenging reality of anti-racist workers’ rights organizing today.