COLE DESMOND: SKIN WE'RE IN : A YEAR OF BLACK RESISTANCE AND POWER

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A bracing, provocative, and |perspective-shifting book from one of Canada's most celebrated and uncompromising writers, Desmond Cole. The Skin |We're In will spark a national conversation, influence policy, and inspire activists.

In his 2015 cover story for |Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times |he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national |prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile |to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis.

Both Coles |activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin Were In. Puncturing the bubble of |Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year2017in the struggle |against racism in this country. It was a year that saw calls for tighter borders when Black refugees braved frigid temperatures |to cross into Manitoba from the States, Indigenous land and water protectors resisting the celebration of Canadas 150th |birthday, police across the country rallying around an officer accused of murder, and more.

The year also |witnessed the profound personal and professional ramifications of Desmond Coles unwavering determination to combat |injustice. In April, Cole disrupted a Toronto police board meeting by calling for the destruction of all data collected through |carding. Following the protest, Cole, a columnist with the Toronto Star, was summoned to a meeting with the papers |opinions editor and informed that his activism violated company policy. Rather than limit his efforts defending Black lives, Cole |chose to sever his relationship with the publication. Then in July, at another police board meeting, Cole challenged the |board to respond to accusations of a police cover-up in the brutal beating of Dafonte Miller by an off-duty police officer and |his brother. When Cole refused to leave the meeting until the question was publicly addressed, he was arrested. The image |of Cole walking out of the meeting, handcuffed and flanked by officers, fortified the distrust between the citys Black |community and its police force.

Month-by-month, Cole creates a comprehensive picture of entrenched, systemic |inequality. Urgent, controversial, and unsparingly honest, The Skin Were In is destined to become a vital text for |anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, as well as a potent antidote to the all-too-present complacency of many |white Canadians.
COLE DESMOND: SKIN WE'RE IN : A YEAR OF BLACK RESISTANCE AND POWER
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