Confronting anti-Black racism in Canadian academia

February 24, 2020

It is critical to confront the histories and multiplicity of Black lives in Canada, writes University of Alberta Professor Malinda S Smith. In this piece, Smith decries what she describes as "the tyranny of low expectations and the debilitating lens through which the stories of Black scholars are too-often told." To counter racist and colonial knowledges and histories, Smith provides a brief history of three trailblazing Canadian Black women. "These stories defy single narratives that bring into being an idea of Blackness that fits, or is made to fit, the stereotypes of Black-as-lack or being out of place, underlining instead the historical complexity of the lived realities and struggles of Black Canadians pursuing higher education," concludes Smith.  FHSS  (National)