Police stopping black and brown people based on racial profiling reasons is so commonplace- Driving While Black – is often referred as “DRB”. The term Driving While Black is an inclusive term meaning any non-white person. Certainly our Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Gay – Lesbian brothers and sisters experience their unfair share of outright police racism. Driving While Black racism is not restricted to the United States. A well known and highly recognizable Canadian broadcaster. Marci Ien is co-host of daily television show -The Social. She wrote about her most recent driving while black experience.
Driving While Black in Canada
We recommend you read Ms. Len’s article in full. One statement she wrote says it all for me. Mrs. Ien wrote “I was at home. My safe place and I was scared. How often does this ( DRB ) scenario play out? A lot more often than we want to admit. Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world, but racism permeates every aspect of our society. We like to point fingers at the racial discord in the United States, but fail to acknowledge our shortcomings here at our home. Our country has to get it’s own house in order before patting itself on the back for being paragon of racial harmony”
The YouTube video sums up what happened.
Another outstanding writer, Michael A Fletcher, in collaboration with National Geographic, wrote an article entitled “ The Stop:Racial profiling of drivers leaves legacy of anger and fear. – From ministers to pro athletes, they all get pulled over for “Driving While Black.” Michael A. Fletcher is a senior writer at The Undefeated. He is a native New Yorker and longtime Baltimorean who enjoys live music and theater.
Read for Additional Information: The Feeling of Being Stopped
“You’re pulled over simply for no other reason than you fit a description and the description is that you’re black.”
“I shouldn’t have to prove that I have some sort of legitimate reason to be on the highway. We should be 150 years beyond black folks having to have their papers to show that they’re free, you know?”
“I don’t think, in this country, breaking down on the side of the road should be a death sentence for anyone. And, for what my family is going through at this moment, I don’t wish that on anybody.”