D&M endorses anti-racism declaration by ABPBC, ACP
Douglas & McIntyre would like to extend our approval and commitment to of the anti-racism statement released by the Association of Canadian Publishers on June 5, 2020 and adopted by the Association of Book Publishers of BC. The declaration reads in part, “we stand in solidarity with those who have taken to the streets in protest against the ongoing, brutal, and systemic anti-Black racism that remains foundational in our culture… As publishers we hold the privilege of editorial choice, making decisions about what voices and what histories, stories, recipes, or poems are published, found in bookstores, reviewed, promoted, and brought to readers… [A] lack of fair representation of Black and other racialized editors, designers, publicists—indeed across all roles in publishing—reflects the longstanding and urgent need for active and accountable change in the Canadian publishing industry at every level. It points past education and calls us to action. It demands that we seek out and uproot systemic anti-Black bias and racism in our midst.” Along with the Association of Canadian Publishers, D&M is committed to work against racism and toward meaningful change in our industry and in our country.