This talk will explore R v. RDS twenty years after this landmark legal case in Canada. A number of legal scholars and historians of Black Canadian history and Black Canadian legal history have taken the opportunity presented by this anniversary to reflect upon its multi-faceted legacy. Barrington Walker will reconsider RDS in light of the long legal histories of Black people in Canada, the racial state and more recent histories of racial neoliberalism. The talk will also use this case lens through which to engage a broader conversation about the difficult work of writing critical histories of Blackness in Canada.
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