Back in the hippy-dippy `60s -- beginning around 1964-5 with the passage of the Civil Rights Acts -- a wave of white guilt swept across America. Nearly 100 years after the end of the Civil War, black people were still discriminated against, disadvantaged and "marginalized" not just in the South but all over the US of A, and by golly the enlightened progressive thinkers of Washington, New York and Los Angeles were going to fix all that, with just a couple of strokes of LBJ's pen.
Where the US leads, Canada will surely follow. The problem for Canada's Liberal government was that, at that time, Canada didn't have very many citizens of the coloured persuasion on whom to lavish love and money in reparation for the sins of the horrible segregationists to the south. Solution? Import some black people, so Canadians could rejoice in being more tolerant, inclusive and (let's face it) smug. Wide were thrown the gates of immigration, with invitations extended to anyone and everyone from Guyana northward to Chicago and all points in between. Especially Jamaica.
What Canada imported on the No-longer-underground Railroad was black crime, and lots of it. Before long, Toronto newspapers had perpetrator descriptions including phrases like "spoke with a Jamaican accent" set in cold type. That phrase, and even the use of the words "Negro" [arch. Ed.] and "black" were dropped from crime stories, because (of course) they weren't politically correct. How in hell, the cops asked, do you expect us to catch any criminals if we can only say they're "male", of a a certain height and weight? But if you say they're black, the liberals moaned, you're demonizing a whole group of people, some of whom might actually be innocent! Describing people with reference to their colour is racist!
Half a century later, in Canada even more than in the USA, we have the same censorship, the same political correctness...in spades! [Watch it! Ed.] Today the Toronto meeja reported that the coppers had rounded up 16 of the usual suspects in connection to an armed robbery ring allegedly committed by gang members originating from the northwest corridor of Toronto. They identified the two gangs involved as The Complex Crip Gangsters and the Treyy Money Gang.
Nowhere in the story on the Global News website will you find the word "black". Nor will you see the names of the accused, names like "Javonte", "Shamir", "Lamar" and "Marvin". Nor will you find a picture of any of the accused in which his face is visible. To have your suspicions confirmed, you need to go to the official news release from the Toronto Police Service, where you will see these pictures.
Black people make up something like 10-15 percent of Toronto's population. (Whites are in the minority, by the way.) Yet they account for roughly 90% of the city's murderers and murderees, and the majority of criminals accused of crimes like holding up convenience stores. (The convenience store owners are almost always south and east Asians. The CBC actually has an alleged sitcom called Kim's Convenience!) Call me a racist if you like, but those are the facts in the "world class city" which is forever "celebrating diversity". If I lived in Toronto, I wouldn't be celebrating. I'd be moving!
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