The Problem With Carding

It’s happening all over the country and it has for years. Saskatoon, Edmonton, Toronto Halifax, the list goes on and on. It’s called ‘carding’. Well the kids call it ‘carding’, the police call it ‘street checks’. This is the practice of some police forces of randomly stopping citizens on the street and questioning them. You know, who are you? Where are you going? Who do you know? What’s your height? What’s your weight? Do you have tattoos? It’s all documented including perceived skin colour. Which is why we know that young black men are carded disproportionately more than anyone else.

Now white people are carded. I don’t know anyone but I’m sure I’ve seen it. Or was that an old war movie where the officer demanded, “May I see your papers please? For no reason whatsoever.

Now carding has always been controversial but instead of just scrapping it, they just keep changing the rules to make it more palatable. For example in Toronto, starting on New Year’s Day, they will continue to card but they will no longer card anyone based on their race. Wow, there are baby steps and then there are little tiny baby steps.

This is a tough one for me. I have complete respect for police officers and the job they do. In this country people call the cops for everything. For every bump in the night, to every serious crime, to a million things in between. It is go go go with that job. Where they find the time to card people, I have no idea. But it happens too often.

I have never been stopped and questioned by the police for no reason. I have never felt intimidated. I hate to think that is in part because of the colour of my skin. I like cops. I like to see cops coming. If we stop carding. Maybe, eventually everyone will feel the same, regardless of race.

Posted: 30/11/2016 9:36:02 AM | with 0 comments

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