Monday, September 21, 2009

Racial Profiling from the OHRC

I Think I am Going To Be Sick - Oops Too Late

The Ontario HRC has on its web site a report on Racial Profiling with 19 recommended Actions, where no doubt Barb Hall will be putting the hammer down on police forces throughout this once, great province.

The Introduction starts with this liberal sentence:
While racial profiling has long been a concern for members of racialized communities, recently there has been heightened public debate on the issue.
Racialized was a new word invented for this report, so it needed to be defined and it was here:
Racialization is the process by which societies construct races as real, different and unequal in ways that matter to economic, political and social life. This term is widely preferred over descriptions such as “racial minority”, “visible minority” or “person of colour” as it expresses race as a social construct rather than as a description of persons based on perceived characteristics.
Oh Man! There goes my lunch.

With an auspicious start like that, can it get worse? I don't know. Soon, I will tackle the rest of the report, but not till my stomach settles, and the grand kids leave. I don't want to be short with the grand kids because I am really feeling nauseous and PO'ed at the Ontario HRC.

It does get worse in the very next sentences:
The focus has primarily been on: whether racial profiling exists in Ontario, who
engages in it, who is targeted, whether it is a legitimate practice and what can be
done to prevent it. However, what has been noticeably absent from the public
discussion is an analysis of the effect that racial profiling, or even a perception
that it is occurring, has on those directly impacted and on Ontario society as a
whole. Through its racial profiling inquiry, the Ontario Human Rights
Commission (the Commission) hopes to fill this void by illustrating the human
cost of profiling.

On December 9, 2002, the eve of International Human Rights Day, the
Commission announced that it would conduct an inquiry into the effects of racial
profiling on individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. The
Commission emphasized that racial profiling is a human rights issue by stating
that it is wrong and contrary to the principles of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Hey Scary Fundamentalist, or Walker Morrow, my wife and I are looking for some place peaceful without wacko liberal fascists running things to live. How are things in BC?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not so good here in BC, but probably better than Ontario.

Although here, we indoctrinate our teenagers into the Human Rights religion. Don't move here until your kids have graduated!