This is not just ‘horrible stuff that happens in America’. Black people know we need to dismantle the same system in the UK.
Esi Edugyan, the best-selling author of Washington Black and Half-Blood Blues, curates a collection of articles by Black women writers, about everything from the nature of empathy to exploring the Black experience within history and in the present moment—showing some of the many different ways we could be in the world.
Black lives are being sacrificed in the name of (white) public health, whether through disproportionate exposure to COVID-19 or policing of the people least able to stay home.
If Americans think of Canada as the not-so-racist neighbor to the north, that might be because that is the myth white people in Canada like to tell themselves.
Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.
Esi Edugyan is the author of multiple novels, including Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and the best-selling Washington Black, named as one of 2018’s best books of the year by The New York Times. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.