Racial Profiling

What Is Feeding Gun Violence, Racism And Anger

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

Seeing an innocent member of your 'team' die tragically feeds this sense of 'us and them.' Micah Johnson, the Dallas shooter, did not see fathers, sons or brothers. He only saw white people and cops. This is the same mentality that fuels the atrocities of ISIS. When we see a group instead of an individual we feel justified in killing an innocent member of that group. Trained as a soldier, Johnson only saw 'the enemy.'

This Is Why People Of Colour Fear The Police

Jesse Wente | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jesse Wente

I told him that Indigenous people fear the police because of many instances of abuse and the feeling that it was an institution designed to oppress Indigenous people. He told me that wasn't true. I told him their actions say something different. And that was that. It was only a few weeks later, walking with my then girlfriend (and future and present wife) late at night on Adelaide outside her apartment that the cruiser pulled up beside us. They shone the spotlight on me and ordered me to face the wall.

Counterterrorism Plans Won't Be Effective Until Biases Are Addressed

Monia Mazigh | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Last federal budget, the government announced the plan to create a counter terrorism office. This new initiative named as the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Co-ordinator would cost Canadian taxpayers $35 millions dollars. With an initial funding of $3 million in 2016-2017 and a $10 million a year in the subsequent years.

Muslim Student Kicked Off Southwest Flight For Speaking Arabic

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 04.17.2016 | Canada

“The humiliation made me so afraid.”

Police Deny Racism And Demand Data (That They Won't Collect)

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

Want to know what's more offensive than a months-old tweet by a Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder? Here you go: Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack is fiercely attacking Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for the crime of acknowledging systemic racism exists.

Police Must Address Racial Profiling Head On To Rebuild Trust

Renu Mandhane | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

Officers should be required explicitly to advise individuals of their right to walk away if they are not under arrest. The reason for the stop should be in the receipt provided. Officer training on systemic racism and racial profiling should be required. Data collection to create greater accountability should be standardized across police services.

Hudson's Bay To Educate Staff After Racial Profiling Accusation

CP | Rob Roberts, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Business

HALIFAX — The Hudson's Bay Company has agreed to educate its staff on racial profiling as part of a settlement in the case of a now-deceased Nova S...

Black Businessman Interviews White Woman In Quebec. Someone Calls 911

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada

Laval police received a 911 call about a young black man trying to recruit a young white female for "most probably prostitution."

Canada's Secretive No-Fly List Is Only Getting Worse

Faisal Kutty | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The government's appeal to national security should not exempt it from rigorous accountability and oversight. As many critics have argued, the system envisaged by the Passenger Protect Program and as amended by SATA has proven neither necessary nor effective. It is unconstitutional.

Race Still Has A Place In Modern Medicine

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

As members of ethnic minority groups have suffered historically because of what has erroneously and malevolently been ascribed as innate inferiority, should physicians avoid reifying race by espousing a "colourblind" practice? It depends.

Don't Blame The End Of Carding For An Increase In Gun Violence

Renu Mandhane | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

Like most people that call this city home, I am deeply troubled by Sunday's shooting deaths in Toronto's Chinatown and the eight other gun-related deaths the city saw in January. This is obviously unacceptable, and police must be supported in their efforts to investigate and prosecute those responsible for these horrific crimes. That being said, most people would be hesitant to draw any clear conclusions about why we have seen a high number of gun crimes over the past month. Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, the union that represents police officers, feels differently.

It Is Not Just Black Men Who Matter

Andrea Anderson | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Anderson

Women of colour who have spoken most openly and fervently on behalf of their male family and community members are often at the forefront of the debate surrounding police misconduct. Yet, women have also been victimized by the police and often in precisely the same ways as men -- police stops, shootings and racial profiling.

This App Could Help Victims of Racial Profiling

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

There are too many of us who are randomly stopped by the police, questioned and ridiculed for no reason. Many of us lack an understanding of our basic human rights. But a new smartphone application, developed by a newly minted lawyer and activist, comes as a relief to many of us.

Zara Faces Accusations Of Racial Discrimination

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Style

Zara is under fire once again for allegedly racial profiling customers at its New York City locations, and for treating employees of colour unequally.

Fairness Falls Short: Carding Continues Across Canada

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

In a stunning about-face enlightened evolution, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the end of carding in his city this week. As the congratulatory backslapping spread across Hogtown, the rest of the province and the rest of the country is left eating dust. For us, carding carries on. To eradicate carding in Canada, this case must be heard in the highest courts. Judges must remind all citizens, including mayors, premiers and prime-ministerial hopefuls, that equality and fairness are more than filatures for flowery speeches

The Toronto Police Have Failed to Tackle Racial Profiling

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

Toronto's police board has gone from refusal, to resistance, to resignation, to recognition of the problem, to partial resolution (the PACER report) and now, to retraction, recalcitrance and regression. What happened to the commitment to a fair and equitable society, to bias-free policing? The TPSB is set to vote this Thursday on a policy that is offensive and insidious. This new policy not only eliminates the requirement to issue receipts, but it takes us back even further than we were a few months ago. Is this the direction of an oversight body and a civilian boss that was once committed to diversity and fair treatment?

TSA Has Agreed To Stop Targeting Natural Black Female Hair

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Style

Finally. After years of complaints that agents search black women's hair arbitrarily, the TSA has reached an agreement with the American Civil Li...

What's Wrong With Whoopi?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

Goldberg's most surreal statement is that there is "real" racism -- presumably the overt kind seen in Hollywood period films -- and then there's a form of "ridiculousness" that encompasses racial profiling. Is that like being "half pregnant"?

It Seems Just "Living While Black" Can Get You Killed These Days

Eternity E Martis | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

In essence, carrying anything and being Black will get you killed these days. Perhaps instead of DWB ("Driving while Black"), we need "Living While Black," because it seems to be an increasing struggle to do anything without getting killed -- even for children.

Dear Angry White People, The Ferguson Protest Was Not About You

Eternity E Martis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

I won't go into the details of black groups being marginalized at the hands of white people who dominate the "center," because if you're smart enough to think that you fooled us into feeling remorse for "leaving you out" during the protest in Toronto, then you're smart enough to do a Google search to figure out historical black oppression and its endless contemporary reproductions.

This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Décoste

In the social context of Canada before the Quiet Revolution (1950s), before Viola Desmond's act of defiance (1946), before Rosa Parks triggered the United States' Civil Rights Movement (1955), Fred Christie stood up to institutional discrimination. A decade before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1947), Fred Christie exhibited unimaginable courage and perseverance in asserting his civil rights. Though the judicial process did not deliver the desired result, Fred Christie remains a key instigator in Canada's journey towards the establishment of universal rights.

White People Who Do Nothing Only Add To The Racism Problem

Simon Lapierre | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada
Simon Lapierre

If we, as white people, cannot completely understand the experience of racism on a daily basis, we can try to position ourselves as allies in the combat against racism. As Darrell Cannon reminded us that, if we close our eyes and do not denunciate racism, we are also being part of the problem.

Body Worn Cameras Could Stop Toronto Police From Being Racist

Abdi Hersi | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Abdi Hersi

This past fall I was carded by a Toronto police officer near my own neighbourhood. It wasn't my first time. After returning home that day I did some research on the topic of police surveillance and came across Body Worn Cameras (BWC). They would prove that Toronto police disproportionately target minorities and community outrage in the city is justified. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all measure that restores public trust in police. But in Toronto, where there is a clear crisis of distrust between minority communities and police, it becomes clear that police officers might have to wear these Body Worn Cameras to regain some of that trust.

Racially Profiled for "Walking While Black"

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

How long does it take a new immigrant to be profiled in Montreal? Before you hazard a guess, place "black male" in front of immigrant and "racially" in front of profiled. The answer in my husband's case? One week. Bob crossed an intersection beside two white pedestrians. Singled out by a white, French-speaking police officer, Bob was asked to produce his identification without an explanation of his "offense." By the way, the two white pedestrians with whom Bob crossed the intersection were not stopped and interrogated.

Leaders Mourn Mandela But Miss His Message

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Rolihlahla "Nelson" Mandela is a global icon. His legendary ascension from prisoner to President is the stuff of fairytales. In this time of international mourning, our leaders should wipe their crocodile tears and reflect upon their actions, or lack thereof, in fulfilling the promise of racial equality which Nelson Mandela stood for. Mandela may no longer be with us, but his legacy, his message and his estimable struggle live on. They reside inside all of us who acknowledge that the pursuit of integration and equity belongs not in the apartheid past in a foreign land but in the bosom of our beloved nation.