Equity Initatives

Books on Ally-ship

On being an ally, our favourite books on your journey.

Layla Saad

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good  Ancestor 

Layla Saad teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop  inflicting damage (often unconsciously) on people of colour, and in turn, help other white  people do better.  

Knowledge is power!

Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary take on the racial landscape in America, by addressing privilege, police  brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N”  word. Answers the questions that readers do not dare to ask in an attempt to bridge the gap  between people of colour and white Americans struggling with race complexities. A book for  people who are starting to have these difficult conversations with family and friends.  

Being raised by Immigrant, Black West Indian parents set the foundation for my love of reading. I was nurtured to believe that by getting a good education, I would have the power to address all barriers that are systemically in place for Black people. And when I was in University…. I discovered the movement. It was the freedom I needed from mental slavery.

Nicole Perryman

Michelle AlexanderThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on the Black community. An in-depth  explanation into how government policies led to the high rate of involvement of Black people in the criminal justice system. Providing an understanding of disparities at every segment of  the justice system, designed to target Black communities.  

If you do not see colour, you don’t see me (unknown). I look forward to the day where our young people lived in a system where ‘school led to success & not prison”.

Nicole Perryman

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility

Illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and addresses the defensive moves that white  people make when challenged racially. It evokes emotions such as anger, fear and guilt and  addresses both argumentations and silence. DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops,  how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.  

On this day, November 7, 2020 the first Black-South Asian Vice President was elected: Kamala Harris.

Tiffany Jewell– This Book Is Anti-Racist

Written for the young person who does not know how to speak up to the racist adults in their  life, who sees injustice at school, and for the child who tries to fit into the dominant culture. It  is for the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally)  because of no one stood up for them; because of the colour of their skin. Learn about  identities, history, and anti-racism work.

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