“One of the most important interventions to emerge in Canada in recent years.”
What does it mean in the era of Black Lives Matter to continue to ignore and deny the violence that is the foundation of the Canadian nation-state? BlackLife discloses the ongoing destruction of Black people as enacted not simply by state structures, but beneath them in the foundational modernist ideology that underlies thinking around migration and movement, as Black erasure and death are unveiled as horrifically acceptable throughout western culture.
With exactitude and celerity, Idil Abdillahi and Rinaldo Walcott pull from local history, literature, theory, music, and public policy around everything from arts funding, to crime and mental health–presenting a convincing call to challenge pervasive thought on dominant culture’s conception of Black personhood. They argue that artists, theorists, activists, and scholars offer us the opportunity to rethink and expose flawed thought, providing us new avenues into potential new lives and a more livable reality of BlackLife.
One of the most important interventions to emerge in Canada in recent years. It ought to be required reading in Canadian Studies and other social sciences and arts courses at both secondary and post-secondary levels across the country. Above all it ought to be taken seriously by those–especially white Canadians–with the ability to apply its insights to public policy and private lives alike. — Hans Rollman, PopMatters