*Remember the brother who felt so strongly that if he stayed in the U. S. he would eventually end up dead via the hands of racist police? You may recall, he fled to Canada in October, with hopes of being granted refugee status.
Kyle Canty, a U. S. citizen, dressed up in his finest clothes, and walked into the Canadian courthouse; ready and willing to plead his case that if he stayed in his native country, it would be paramount to him signing his own Death Certificate.
But in December, when the decision was handed down, Canada was like: we feel you, brother. But no, you can’t stay here.
Sidebar: First of all, I must admit, I was more than a little surprised that Mr. Canty would choose Canada to escape racism. I don’t know, perhaps its because I have been touched personally by the knowledge of how two of my African American friends (one of whom is a journalist, along with her former boyfriend) were treated when they stopped in the country for a short while on their way to Africa.
They were pulled off the street by Canadian police as they exited a restaurant; not told what they had done wrong and subsequently milked for money as they were held in a jail cell for months on end. To this day these people have no idea what the hell that was all about.
And I, as a result, vowed to never let my black ass head in that direction.
But oh well.
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