There’s so much overpolicing in other words systemic racism in society of the racalized communities (African, Carrbiean, Middle Eastern, Indengious, and people from places like India and other Asian countries). I want to talk about some ideas for solutions even if we can’t do much about them in real life. I might mostly use Toronto/Ontario or some other Canadian provinces/cities mostly for this topic but you’re welcome to mention your own ideas.
I’m going to write some overpolcing aka systemic racism problems in society. I might not have them in any particular order but I’m going to try my best
1. systemic racsim in healthcare system from before they’re born till the grave
To expanded on this there been two cases recently in the news where two indengious women in the news one in Quebec and another in Brithish Columbia both went to the hosptial to give birth and in both cases they’re basically treated like they’re seeking drugs. In one woman’s case, after the child’s birth that the nurses basically treated the child as a piece of decor (got left on a shelf in the nurse’s staff room or something?) and it resulted in the child dying. Because apperently a lot (but not all) racalized communities are poor, it means we (as society) have to pay more in the long run to take care of them then if we had something like Basic Univerisal income. During Covid vaccnines roll out its this community which needs the vaccine the most (because a lot of them are our customer service representives in places like resturant and stores) vs the communities which needed it less got more of it (the richer and sometimes whiter neigbourhoods like Doug Ford’s).
Another example I thought of some years ago that a young racalized man, who was coming out of their family’s mosque service tried to be a “Good Samaritan” and prevent someone else from being shoot and ended up being shot himself. Because of a combonation of the (former) paramedics think he was faking it, and they took him to the hosptial which was futher away…it resulted in this youing man dying.
- the potential of children being taken away by the social workers due to the lack of understanding of other other cultures staples.
Both the 1960s Scoop and also of more recently cases where it happened to some Carrbbiean families- because all the family had in the pantry was “rice, beans and something else”. Not counting the time where a boy from India got his roti taken away because the school thought it “wasn’t healthy”.
- The lack of want of eductation.
i’m not sure how excatly I can explain this. But basically in some cases racalized students don’t “see” themselves in society (as teachers, sciencets, doctors, etc ) so they don’t see any point in going to school or getting an education-espically if they might be bothered by teachers or other adminstrators both in the school or in the school board.
4.Polce stopping racalized community members wether they’re walking or driving.
Basically If you’re are racalized lawyer you can forget about driving a fancy car because 99% of the time if a cop stops you they’re probably will think you (the racalized person) probably stole it. This also applys in some stores as well…that some employees might be told to follow racalized communitiy members around, because the managers (if not the employees themselves) assume they might steal something.
5, Police believing that racalized men are bigger and more threatening than a white man in the same problem
If a racalized man is in a mental health crsis and police are called instead of talking calmly to the person in crisis (like you’re supposed to do)that the police basically act like a TV SWAT team and come barging in with guns and Tasers blarring and yelling “DROP YOUR WEAPON!” and if they don’t the police shoot the poor guy!
- Male youth joing gangs.
This might or might not be a result of overpolcing. Between the “society doesn’t care about us”, peer pressure and the closing of youth centres in poorer places in Toronto and that it might be hard to get to the next nearest youth centre if the parents are already have a hard time in getting food on the table or a roof over their heads. So that male youth join gangs. So far I haven’t heard anything about girls joing gangs.
7 Police officers try to hide stuff or pin the blame on the racalized victim (who might or might not be alive) for whatever happened.
The other year an indengious women (Regis Korchinski-Paquet) died and the police claimed she was trying to “jump off” the balocny onto a neighbour’s balocny but pictures show that contary to that- the neighbour’s balocny was covered in nets which would have prevented the woman from doing such thing. Between that and the 2nd autposty that the woman’s family had done that a certian neck bone, the hryoid bone missing.
In another case on Boxing Day the other year a young racalized man was beaten so badly by an off-duty Toronto Cop and his civilain brother that he, (the young man), had to have one of his eyes removed. That and also due ot the fact of the off-duty cop and his brother’s father also being a Toronto cop and interferring in the invesagation , the SIU didn’t learn about the incident until the man’s lawyer contacted them.
During the trial last year -the police officer and his brother tired to claim 2 things. The First thing they claimed is that the young man, had robbed their father’s truck (in reaility the truck had been robbed hours before) The second thing they claimed, was a BIG pipe which was found on the scene had been in the man’s pants and that he (the man) hit them (the cop/the brother) with it as opposed to the highly visble evidence of that they hit HIM with the said pipe.
- Racalized people loosing potential high-ranking jobs due to so called “Criminal relatives”.
In two different stories racalized women lost their high ranking jobs at either the Metrolinix company or as I think it was as Security at Pearson Airport due to so-called “Criminal” relatives and it didn’t even matter in the empoyers’ minds that the said women didn’t even talk to the so-called criminal relative had hasn’t for years.
There might be some other examples but I can’t think of anything at the moment.
First solution is to provide Basic Univerisal Income so that rest of society doesn’t have to pay in the long run for the poor racalized communities’ health care… which is about second to the the health care given to the disabled community.
Second soultion is try to teach social workers about other cultures’ stapes (Eatting habbits and otherswise) so that if they don’t see anything other then rice/beans (or no fridge in Indgeous’ homes like doing the 60s’ scoop) that doesn’t mean the family are neglecting the children.
Third solution try to get more of the Racalized community be in jobs like teaching, doctors, scients, etc. And racalized students might be more interested in getting an eduction to get those jobs.
Don’t have a solution really for the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th problems. I do have a solution for the 6th problem
The 6th solution would be to reopen, or rebuilt community centres in the poor areas of citiies like Toronto, so that the youths could go to these centres to make friends instead of joining gangs.
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