Racial Justice



BCIMS has been developing a curriculum for studying racism and the concept of whiteness, with a special emphasis on the situation ​in Canada, using the WAIC UP curriculum as a starting place. You're welcome to use and distribute the materials, found here:  ​https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nyaxTqZ2WFD8SeITlyZ3sBe6ZJb2sX1m?usp=sharing

In addition, here are some books and videos that some of our sangha members have found helpful in their efforts to deepen their understanding of race and racism. 



Cole, Desmond.  The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power.  

The chapters in this book are each named for a month in the year 2017 and document instances of anti-black racism and anti-racist activism.  Connections are made with indigenous struggles in Canada.  As a journalist, Cole can tell a good story. 


Desmond Cole hosts Maclean’s Live with a Panel of Black Canadian Writers. A 56-min. YouTube featuring Robyn Maynard, Esi Edugyan, Syrus Marcus Ware, Ian Williams. Held June 17, 2020. 

Maynard, Robyn.  Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present.  Documents Canada’s racist history, for example, of decades of slavery, separate and unequal schooling in many provinces up through1983, police violence and incarceration, surveillance of Black women, targeting of Black youth, racist child welfare policies, etc.  See Maynard’s website for background info. 

Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.  Edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware.

A series of essays that give an in-depth study of the inception, growth and continued resistance to anti-Black racism in Canada.  


Definition of intersectionality explained by Kimberle Crenshaw, who coined the term.  This 2 min. video relates it to education and is easy and quick to access. 

Eddo-Lodge, Reni.  Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (book).  For an edited excerpt from this 2017 book by a British author and journalist click here.  More recently, she talks about understanding white privilege in this July 2020 Guardian Weekly article.  

Saad, Layla F.  Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor.  This 2020 book is a 4-week workbook, each of the 28 days focusing on a topic that helps white people unpack their unconscious attitudes and behaviours.  For example, you are asked to journal about questions ranging from “what have you learned about your white privilege that makes you uncomfortable?” (week 1) to “what are you beginning to understand about how white centering affects BIPOC?” (week 3), and so on. You’ll understand more about tone policing, white exceptionalism, optical allyship and learn many other nuanced ways to critically analyze and talk about racism. Check out this 5-min. video to hear the author talk about her book and how it came about. 

Menakem, Resmaa. My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Heart and Bodies.  Menakem is a therapist and healer; this book, written for both white and BIPOC people, centres racial trauma in the body.  “White body supremacy” is the term he uses and since publishing this book has continued to develop ways of working with “white body supremacy trauma.”  For more info, see his website. He also has been featured in various YouTube talks/interviews. Right now there’s a year-long study program for his book going on, and there may be future iterations offered through Rooted and Embodied.

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