An excerpt from a blurb for the latter study reads:
On the Other Side(s) of 150 explores the different literary, historical and cultural legacies of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. It asks vital questions about the ways that histories and stories have been suppressed and invites consideration about what happens once a commemorative moment has passed.
Acknowledgments are typically written to recognize the valuable labor and support of individuals and institutions that contributed to the writing process. This recognition will follow, but before that, I want to use this space to make other declarations that embrace the other meaning of “acknowledgment,” that of an acceptance of truth.
I am writing this in a moment that is filled with eugenic ideas surrounding the United States’ management of the COVID-19 crisis. The worst consequences of COVID-19 are suffered disproportionately by Black, brown, and Native peoples, poor people, disabled people, and the elderly. To the indifferent public and leaders chafing under their own inabilities, this suffering is acceptable. These victims, their actions imply, were not worth protecting and they had no right to expect a duty of care. Those who recovered quickly from COVID-19 and those who haven’t yet been infected are often framed as biologically “better” than the stricken and the dead. Every cold question contained in this book, every frame of reference for determining the relative worth of a human’s life, are now, as ever, informing the logic of the powerful in naked and craven ways.