Decentering Whiteness Session 2 Resources

Welcome to the White supremacy and anti-blackness session of  Decentering Whiteness

Keynote facilitator


Vince Tao, Vancouver Tenant’s Union and VANDU

Vincent Tao is a labour union organizer, housing activist, and educator of social movement history and practice.Previously, Tao was the Education Librarian of 221A, where he stewarded the transformation of the institution’s exhibition space as Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, a hybrid archive and public programming infrastructure. During his tenure, Tao developed 221A’s transdisciplinary research projects, free-to-attend educational programs, and community solidarity initiatives.



Session Recording

Main book discussed

Tharoor, S. (2017). Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India. London: Penguin​​

Multimodal resources

Secondary Reading:

  • James, C.L.R. (1938/1989). The Black Jacobins: Toussant L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution.
  • Trouillot, R. (1995). Silencing the Past. Ch3.
  • Tao, V. (2021). “Make Chinatown great again”: Social movements, policing, and the new spirit of gentrification in Vancouver’s Chinatown.


  • Musician/artist: Lynton Kwesi Johnson: Forces of Victory


Video: 13th (Dir. Ava DuVernay. 2016) Sashi Tharoor’s Oxford Reparations speech

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