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Racial profiling is a problem in Canada too

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

When it comes to racial profiling and racial discrimination, men and women of color know all too well how it feels. Being followed in stores by security officers is an all too familiar scenario. Even being stopped by law enforcement officers for no reason except for being perceived as suspicious based on skin color is frustrating and aggravating.

In the United States, African-Americans continue to raise questions about racial profiling and how they are viewed by law enforcement. This battle has been going on for years. With the recent killings of unarmed Black men such as Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and Eric Garner at the hands of White police officers, we still have an ever-present problem and concern.

Across the border in Canada, the question of racial profiling is addressed as well. Yasir Maqvi, a community safety minister, announced on June 16 that the province of Ontario will standardize its controversial carding policy.

According to a story in The Root, “The safety minister said that in too many cases, police conduct identity checks without having probable cause. He added that the province has zero tolerance when it comes to any racial profiling and discrimination, and it cannot continue, according to the CBC.”

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It’s important to note that a study conducted in 2010 showed that Black males between the ages of 15-24 were stopped two and a half times more than their White counterparts. That’s right; unfair and unequal treatment of Black men isn’t just a U.S. problem; it’s a Canadian problem as well.

Desmond Cole’s article in Toronto Life Magazine, titled “The Skin I’m In: I’ve Been Interrogated by Police More Than 50 Times—All Because I’m Black,” described how he was stopped by police simply because of his race. He believes that the June 16 announcement is a step in the right direction to address how police have been engaging in racial profiling.

“Beyond racial profiling, the so-called street checks also raise privacy concerns. As the Globe and Mail reports, authorities in Ontario and throughout Canada routinely enter into a police database the names and other personal information of people they randomly card,” according to The Root.

Carding will not be eliminated but regulated. It is still an important tool to investigate “suspicious activity.”



Source: The Root

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an activist, speaker, writer, author, and life coach, Contact him at drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey

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