On Property at Kingston WritersFest

September 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
On Property at Kingston WritersFest

Join Rinaldo Walcott for a fascinating discussion of On Property: Policing, Prisons, and the Call for Abolition! In his 96 page pamphlet for Biblioasis’ Field Notes series, academic and writer Rinaldo offers an urgent, persuasive, and far-reaching call for a new ethics of care. During this event, Rinaldo will discuss the links between property, policing, and the ways in which the racism inherent in the North American legal system perpetuates the subjugation of Black people. Tracing present-day calls for the abolition of private property ownership to the aftermath of slavery, Rinaldo argues that it’s time for a bold change.

The event will take place on Sunday, September 26 at 5PM EDT.

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From plantation rebellion to prison labour’s super-exploitation, Walcott examines the relationship between policing and property.

That a man can lose his life for passing a fake $20 bill when we know our economies are flush with fake money says something damning about the way we’ve organized society. Yet the intensity of the calls to abolish the police after George Floyd’s death surprised almost everyone. What, exactly, does abolition mean? How did we get here? And what does property have to do with it? In On Property, Rinaldo Walcott explores the long shadow cast by slavery’s afterlife and shows how present-day abolitionists continue the work of their forebears in service of an imaginative, creative philosophy that ensures freedom and equality for all. Thoughtful, wide-ranging, compassionate, and profound, On Property makes an urgent plea for a new ethics of care.


Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality.


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