The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet who died during an interaction with police in Toronto, represent only a small percentage of a much larger issue that has long plagued our society, and the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) stands in solidarity with our Black students and the larger Black community.
We have chosen not to participate in the Black Out Tuesday initiative and instead will be pausing our regular SAMU social media content for this week. We felt it would be more productive to provide resources to our student members and the wider MacEwan community, including links to anti-racism initiatives and on-campus resources. SAMU as an organization has also committed to making a donation to The Centre for Race and Culture and Black Lives Matter.
Now is the time for us to listen, learn and actively work to not only amplify racialized voices, but to condemn any and all racist actions and work against structural racism in our communities and society.
Students’ Association of MacEwan University
MacEwan University On-campus Resources
- kihêw waciston
- Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity
- SAMU Peer Support
- Wellness and Psychological Services
- “The 1619 Project”
- “Remembering Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Colour killed by Canadian police” Article
- “Vox Explained – Racial Wealth Gap” Video
- “The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates” Article
- “Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis” Book Excerpt
- “NPR’s Code Switch: A Decade of Watching Black People Die” Audio
- “Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr.”
- “Malcolm X on CBC’s Front Page Challenge” Video
- “James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley at Cambridge University” Video
Books to Purchase
- “Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada From Slavery to the Present” by Robyn Maynard
- “The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power” by Desmond Cole
- “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindless” by Michelle Alexander