Canadians might have listened with detached interest to U.S. President Barack Obama's personal observations about experiencing racial profiling last week in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case.
But I don't think we have any reason to be smug about our own track record on racial profiling in Canada. It may not reach the extreme levels alleged in Martin's shooting death at the hands of neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. But should we doubt it exists here?
Obama recalled that as a young black man, he was often viewed with suspicion and mistrust, asserting few African-American men have escaped the the experience of hearing car doors lock as they approached, or having a woman clutch her purse nervously when a black man stepped into an elevator with her.
Douglas Todd, who writes about religion, spirituality and ethics for the Vancouver Sun, printed a letter on his blog Sunday from an African-Canadian man whoRead More »from After Trayvon Martin, can Canadians be smug about racial profiling?