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Anti-Racist Book Club

Meeting Schedule

These meetings are free to join, but you must register to get the meeting link.

Next Meeting: Monday, July 27, 2020 at 7:30 - 8:30pm

  • We'll be discussing the first four chapters of the book White Fragility. Register here. We will read 4 chapters a month for 3 months.
  • We will also be discussing critiques of the book, to be critical of what perspectives this book offers, and what it is missing. Please take a look at the following critiques of the book: this twitter thread and this twitter video.

Future meetings will take place on the last Monday of the month at 7:30pm.

Why are we doing this?


Silence is not an option. The non-stop occurrence of horrific injustices enacted on BIPOC, but lately especially the Black community, have us feeling exasperated and sorrowful. We’re asking ourselves, what does it look like, not simply to welcome diversity in our community of practice, but to actively do the anti-racist work of dismantling white supremacy?⁠ It's clear that injustice and violence won’t magically disappear without the vocal and active outrage and allyship and accompliceship of the WHITE community.

(Note: while we have two POC on our management team (one of whom also teaches) and one Black teacher on our teaching faculty, the majority of the QSY operation at this time is white, so, we’re trying to figure out how to lead as a mostly-but-not-all-white organization.)

This work can take many forms, and expressing our disgust and outrage online is perhaps better than silence. Our YTT program has on-going thread of anti-oppression learning, but why would we stop with only our teacher trainees?⁠ We attended the impressive march organized by the Anti-Racism Community Collective, but the work is never done. And we're ready to do more. We’re calling on our community to join us in a deeper commitment.

One idea we would like to explore with you is an anti-racist bookclub.⁠ The intention of this book-club is to educate ourselves in a community learning space. It’s important to us that participants pay for the learning resources from BIPOC. We’re imagining taking turns hosting, gathering (online as needed) in real time to share in conversation, and buying books from a local independent book retailer.⁠

We're starting with the book White Fragility because it came recommended by our community as a decent starting point for white folks who are engaging with anti-racist work. We plan to expand our reading list to learn about the experience of people in the Black and Indigenous communities in Canada, as well as to broader topics related to the ways in which individuals from marginalized communities experience Yoga and wellness spaces.