Last night my husband flipped on a television program. The program featured a female politician who had recently published a book about immigration to Canada. On the program, she said that Canadian passports were essentially the best to have. M'Kay. But then he asked her a follow up question. What about US passport holders? Aren't those more coveted? Like stepping on a land mine, she walked right into it. No, she said. He asked her why. Because of racial tensions because of Ferguson. The US is so screwed up that way. Later on in the program she mentioned that she grew up in an all white area and being Chinese was an oddity.
All I have to say is that even if you believe that Ferguson was racially motivated, Hello, Pot!
Flabbergasted, I looked at my husband. "What? Seriously? Canada doesn't exactly have the greatest track record either? Why do Canadians have to tear down the US in order to make themselves look better?" My husband rolled his eyes and said "This is why I want to go home. So this will stop driving you crazy." Yep. It does. I can't believe a politician who should realize that a lot of Canadians were once immigrants and many of them are duel citizens of the US and Canada would say something like that. Is she trying to get votes by knocking down another nation? Why not simply be positive and show Canadian's achievements rather than being negative?
As for that pot, well there have been incidences of racially motivated aggression from the police. For decades Native people in Saskatoon were dropped off without proper outwear to "walk off" their intoxication. The police knew that these people were dying of exposure and people were astounded by the shear number of mysterious deaths. It wasn't until one managed to walk to a local power station and receive shelter from the guard that the lid was blow off on the whole thing. That was back in 2000. The police received 8 months of prison time. That's it.
So if you think the police are racists against black people in the US, you should know that the police are racists against Native peoples in Canada. And that politician has her head in the sand.