Ryerson Reads 2020-2021 Selection: They Said This Would Be Fun by Eternity Martis
This engaging book is about being a Black student on a predominantly white campus dealing with misogynoir and other forms of anti-Black racism. A book-smart kid from Toronto, Eternity was excited to move away to Western University for her undergraduate degree. But as one of the few Black students there, she soon discovered that the campus experiences she’d seen in movies were far more complex in reality. Over the next four years, Eternity learned more about what someone like her brought out in other people than she did about herself. She was confronted by white students in blackface at parties, dealt with being the only person of colour in class, and was tokenized by her romantic partners. She heard racial slurs in bars, on the street, and during lectures. And she gathered labels she never asked for: Abuse survivor. Token. Bad feminist. But, by graduation, she found an unshakeable sense of self—and a support network of other women of colour. Using her award-winning reporting skills, Eternity connects her own experience to the systemic issues plaguing students today. It’s a memoir of pain, but also resilience.
About Ryerson Reads:
Ryerson Reads is an annual campus-wide common reading program for students, faculty and staff. It is an opportunity for the community to listen to voices and stories that are vital to our campus growth. Through events and programming, Ryerson community members are invited to meaningfully read and reflect together during the academic year. By opting into the program you will receive a free copy of this year’s selection. This year’s program is a collaboration between Ryerson Library and Consent Comes First, the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education.
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