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Rachel Ricketts
Occupation lawyer, author, activist
Known for books about fighting racism

Rachel Ricketts is a Canadian author and lawyer.[1] She is active on social media.[2]


In 2008, while still a law student, Ricketts prepared a bibliography entitled "Anti-Discrimination in Law School Research".[3]


Death Doula

Ricketts lost her mother, in October 2015, and became a "Death Doula".[4] She published an e-book, entitled, "The shit you need to know about grief", and started a website to help other people cope with the grief of losing a loved one.[5]


In 2021 Ricketts published Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy.[6]

Several publications, including Forbes magazine, Parade magazine, Good Morning America and The Vancouver Sun, interviewed Ricketts following the publication of her book.[7][8][9][10][11]

The London Review of Books reviewed Do Better and three other books addressing racism, shortly after its publication.[12] The review pointed out that Ricketts had criticisms of white people who described themselves as fighting racism, but whose efforts fell short.

Personal life

Ricketts identifies herself as black, queer, cisgender and neurotypical.[13]


  1. Lauren Gibson Etter. Conversations on Race and Dance, University of California at Urvine. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “This is the era of social media, which can function as an alternative space to mainstream, white-dominated media. It would be impossible to track all of what is being said about racial issues on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and podcasts, but in the din, there are many people of color, particularly black women, who are leading the way in racial justice work. Women like Rachel Cargle, Layla F. Saad, Catrice Jackson, Ericka Hart and Rachel Ricketts have authored books, designed workshops, and created spaces on social media platforms that prioritize the healing of black people, indigenous people, and people of color over white comfort, encouraging white people’s self-work toward antiracism and productive conversation amongst ourselves.”
  2. 2021-03-21> austinchanning @iamrachelricketts & ACB on “Nice White People, Instagram, 2021-03-21. Retrieved on 2022-02-09.
  3. Rachel Ricketts. Anti-Discrimination in Law School Research – Bibliography, Cite search. Retrieved on 2022-02-09.
  4. Alica Forneret. Death Dialogues: Intuitive Grief Coach Rachel Ricketts, alicaforneret.com. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “I read her e-Book, 'The Shit You Need to Know About Grief' and laughed through tears while learning about 'the top 5 things she wishes she had known about grief (before it kicked her in the ass).'
  5. Brittany Tiplady. Bossy: Loss & Founds's Rachel Ricketts, Loose lips magazine, 2017-08-15. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “Rachel Ricketts explores this topic in her new book Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy. Rachel is a racial justice educator, spiritual activist, healer and author who sat down with Forbes to share the importance of spiritual activism and why she believes that in order for healing to take place, we must all do the inner work first.”
  6. Rachel Ricketts. Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy, Simon and Schuster. Retrieved on 2022-02-09.
  7. Janice Gassam Asare. Rachel Ricketts’ New Book Explores How Spiritual Activism Can Be Used As A Tool To Heal From White Supremacy, Forbes magazine, 2021-04-08. Retrieved on 2022-02-09.
  8. Brea Baker. How To Continue Celebrating Black History Month: DO BETTER, says Racial Justice Educator Rachel Ricketts, Parada magazine, 2021-02-26. Retrieved on 2022-02-09.
  9. Debra Roberts. Rachel Ricketts talks about her new book, ‘Do Better’, Good Morning America, 2021-02-03. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “Ricketts’ book focuses on “spiritual activism,” which she describes as the daily actions and mindfulness practices we can take on to fight injustice both inside and out.”
  10. Dana Gee. New book points to heart-centred mindfulness as a means to fight white supremacy from the inside out, The Vancouver Sun, 2021-02-26. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “I am guardedly hopeful that dismantling white supremacy is possible, but as a Black woman who has been oppressed under these systems my entire life, with ancestors who were oppressed for centuries, I am also acutely aware that it is doubtful I will see the change I am fighting for in my lifetime.”
  11. Patia Braithwaite. Rachel Ricketts on Her Self-Care and Soul-Care Routines: She sets boundaries in her dreams., Self magazine, 2021-05-21. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “Ricketts spends her days leading workshops, speaking, and writing about the systems of oppression that stifle Black and brown people. 'It's trauma work. It's healing work. It’s liberation work,' she tells SELF. 'And it can't be done unless we are doing our own internal work to understand the full spectrum of our human emotions.'
  12. Musab Younis. To Own Whiteness, London Review of Books, 2022-02-10. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “Rachel Ricketts, the author of Do Better, writes: ‘This is a good time to point out to the white folx reading that you’re not going to like a lot of what I have to say. Not one bit. Your ego and white privilege will seethe. You’ll be inclined to label me angry – classic! – and wonder who the fuck I think I am to speak to you this way.’”
  13. Rachel Ricketts. 'Racial justice starts with you, and it starts within': Why now is the time we must awaken to white supremacy and the damage it's doing, Glamour magazine, 2021-02-04. Retrieved on 2022-02-09. “My name is Rachel Ricketts (hayyy!). I am a Black, queer, cisgender, non-disabled, neurotypical, Canadian-born woman with ancestors of West African, Jamaican, Indian, Jewish, Portuguese, western European, and Tafno descent (pronouns are she/her/hers).”