Black Lives Matter
C Magazine stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery—these individuals are only the most recent to have senselessly, and violently, lost their lives at the hands of white supremacist state power. While the police often epitomize the worst of this systemic injustice, the effects of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism permeate all levels of societal organization. This is a Canadian and global problem, not just an American one.
We each have a responsibility to seek out resources, and remain informed, active and vigilant in dismantling these systems.
Some External Resources:
Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter In Canada Edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware
The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
Black Life: Post BLM and the Struggle for Freedom by Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Defunding the Police Will Save Black and Indigenous Lives in Canada by Sandy Hudson for HuffPost Canada
Additionally, if you have the means to do so, please donate regularly to bail funds and community organizations. Find information, resources and recommendations at Black Lives Matter – Toronto, @NotAnotherBlackLife, @ClimateJusticeTo and @ScarboroughMutualAid.
C Magazine is committed to sustained action toward equity. In all of our activities, we aim to challenge historical bias by empowering voices from the diverse art communities and equity-seeking groups we serve, including Indigenous, persons of colour, deaf, mad and disabled, 2SLGBTQIPA+, early-career and regional persons, without barriers or discrimination. Read our complete Equity and Accessibility statement here.
Like many organizations within and outside the art sector, C Magazine is facing complications resulting from COVID-19. Issue C146 “Humour” (Summer 2020) will be delayed, but is expected to be mailed out by end of June. The Experiments in Criticism Symposium, originally scheduled in May 2020, has been postponed to a future date yet to be determined. The 16th Annual C Magazine Contemporary Art Auction will now take place online at auction.cmagazine.com from June 3rd through June 16th.
As a gesture of support, we’d like to acknowledge the work of fellow art publications in Canada who may be dealing with similar challenges during this time, including but not limited to BlackFlash, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, esse, Inuit Art Quarterly, and Momus. We are grateful to be doing the work we do in such a rich ecology of artistic production, writing, and thought. Thank you to all of our subscribers, sponsors, and donors who continue to support us.