TORONTO, August 16, 2005 - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is opposed to the suggestion made by Toronto City Councillor, Michael Thompson that would see the police target young Black men as part of a campaign to find illegal guns.
"We find the Councillor's suggestion not only absurd but irresponsible, especially in an atmosphere in which communities are calling for the eradication of racial profiling by police services," commented Paul Winn, Vice-Chair of the CRRF. "This would be a complete reversal of all that has been gained so far in dealing with the racial profiling issue.
"We recognize and are very much concerned about the recent shootings, and that many of them affect Black families. However, being stampeded into the denial of human rights is not the way to deal with this issue. The CRRF could not support such a suggestion."
The CRRF has provided support for the two-part report by the African Canadian Community Coalition on Racial Profiling, Crisis, Conflict and Accountability and In Their Own Voices which contextualized the racial profiling issue. It also held two "summit" meetings with political leaders and senior police officials hosted by former Chair, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander.