CRRF calls on Mayor to act more forcefully on nightclub discrimination
"Many people think that racism in Canada is a thing of the past. It is not." noted CRRF's Calgary-based board member, Professor Mathew Zachariah. "Racism appears again and again in new and more subtle forms. Saying that tonight only guests or members are being admitted to our night club is a new form of an old racist practice."
The letter also congratulated Global Television, Calgary and the Calgary Herald for bringing this story to light, likening it to the racial profiling issue in Toronto. Although community members had complained about the practice for years, racial profiling gained attention in December 2002, when the Toronto Star featured a story that young Black males were stopped by police more frequently than others.
The letter also offered Mayor Bronconnier and City Council the Foundation's assistance in resolving the issue and support to the Committee on Race Relations and Cross-Cultural Understanding and the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary for the work they continue to do.