Racial Profiling

This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks

Rachel Décoste | Posted 07.11.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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.

With Great Macklemore Comes Great Responsibility

N/A Inc. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Music
N/A Inc.

At the AMAs, rapper Macklemore spent much of his precious acceptance speech time discussing the injustice behind the Trayvon Martin verdict. Here's a radical idea: if Macklemore is so disgusted by the Trayvon Martin ruling, he should be the one to lead Stevie Wonder's list of artists boycotting Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is repealed.

Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, Gets Real About Race

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Music

Perhaps best known as the cheerfully childlike Troy on the NBC sitcom "Community," Donald Glover has a sideline in hip-hop as Childish Gambino -- or r...

Getting Arrested for "Shopping While Black"

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

With the recent event at Barney's, New York, it would appear that blacks should add S.W.B. or "Shopping While Black" to the list of supposed crimes for which we are racially profiled. Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old college student purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barney's, Christian alleges that he was stopped by undercover officers, questioned, hand-cuffed and taken to a local precinct.

Christy Clark is 'Down With O.P.P.' : Other Provinces' Problems

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Décoste

Christy Clark has weighed into Quebec's not-yet-debated, not-yet-modified, not-yet-voted, not-yet-implemented or enforced charter. B.C. has come a long way from the 1907 race riots. Many are proud of B.C.'s rich diversity, but there is still work to do. There have been sporadic deplorable acts of intolerance in B.C. during the Premier's tenure. Curiously, she wasn't compelled to comment on issues occurring in her own province: Indigenous slurs, neo-Nazi enclaves, racial profiling...

What Will It Take To End Police Violence?

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ajamu Nangwaya

Racialized working-class communities, individuals and Indigenous peoples in North America know the daily reality of police violence and containment. We do not need the intervention of civil liberties organizations, critical criminology courses or the exposure of police violence at a G20 Summit to know that police are not protecting us.

Obama's Comments About Travyon Martin Crossed the Line

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

When President Obama commented for the second time on the George Zimmerman verdict, he crossed the line. By politicizing the legal procedures, in an apparent effort to potentially obtain a different result, the President runs the risk of perverting America's objective and impartial legal and judicial system.

Racism is Front Page News for the Ottawa Sun

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

When a leading newspaper feels the need to actively denounce worldwide tributes to Trayvon Martin, including President Obama's moving comments on the matter, there is a serious problem. When a the death of a teenager is rationalized by painting him as a pot-smoking thug who happened to get himself killed, things take a turn for the cartoonish. How long will readers of the Ottawa Sun accept this audacious double standard?

What Trayvon Martin's Murder and the George Zimmerman Trial Verdict Tell Us

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

I have a confession to make. I did not watch the Travyon Martin case -- live on CNN. I deliberately avoided subjecting myself to the full brunt of the...

Kathleen Wynne's Diversity Problem

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

It was revealed by confused Liberal party members that Ontario's premier-designate Kathleen Wynne's campaign sent letters in foreign languages to would-be supporters. In a gauche effort to connect with the ethnic vote, the Wynne campaign combed through membership lists and divvied them up based on perceived cultural origin. The Ontario Liberal Party's federal cousins have progressively lost their grip on traditional liberal-leaning communities by ignoring them or taking them for granted. History could repeat itself if the Wynne team fails to take corrective measures.

Behind the Headlines: What Your Flight Attendant Really Thinks of You

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We travel an average of 300 days per year and always thought no one cares what we wear on airplanes. Until Fox News online posted Flight attendant confessions. It surprised us to learn that the men and women who work the friendly skies are sizing us up so superficially beneath their neck scarves.

Vancouver Airport Screening Had Privacy Watchdog On Alert

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's privacy watchdog is concerned a new security plan to closely eye the behaviour of air passengers could amount to racial profiling.In...