Tweet from 2017. I attended an event about street checks aka carding where @DesmondCole spoke. Stories shared by racialized community members about how difficult it is to walk down the street without fear of police. You are victimized long before you are approached /1
A Black mother spoke about having to coach her only son about what to say if he's stopped by police. She worries about him ending up in a police database or worse whenever he leaves the house. /2
Street checks, by whatever name, profiles and victimizes racialized minorities. It's ostensible purposes are to harass, profile, and help police build a database of people to keep harassing. /3
Here's more on the 2017 event.… /4
Making carding optional as the Minister has done does not eliminate the profiling, the generalized anxiety and fear of being harassed, and the targeting of communities of colour. /5
A person who has not committed a crime or who is not suspected of committing one should not be stopped by police or go into a police database. Racialized minorities deserve to live their lives free from police surveillance./6
The Minister cannot give with one hand and take with the other. That is as bad as doing nothing. Which is what the NDP government did. Nothing. /7
At the 2017 event, @DesmondCole called the then NDP Minister of Justice @KathleenGanley and left her a voicemail message to stop carding. Here we are today. That racialized minorities have to keep begging for respect and fair treatment without recourse is infuriating. /8
If you have never been stopped by police, imagine what your life would be like if you lived in fear of that. Especially if the reason for the stop is that you are Black or Indigenous. Or where you live. /9
Refusing to give police information when stopped is dangerous. Asking racialized persons to shoulder the burden of refusing to provide information when asked for it puts their lives in danger. /10
End street checks. /End

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21 Nov
You are an idiot. This is an idiotic post. Delete it.
No one quoted in this piece sees the issue as a matter of right or left. It is infuriating that you would cast it as such. Yesterday, I wrote a long thread where I called out the NDP for inaction. There are no two sides here.
If you had a brain instead of just a mouth that connects to your typing hand, you will see that the Minister has made things worse for those who suffer police brutality. He and people like you cannot answer the criticism intelligently or otherwise.
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Two unfortunate things about what @KayceeMaduYEG did today:
1. He has incorrectly framed carding/street checks as solely/primarily a privacy issue rather than a systemic racism/human rights issue.
2. He has now made it more difficult for municipalities to end street checks.
He has also failed to grapple with the class dimensions of street checks. Street checks never occur in posh neighborhoods.
One of the arguments for letting politicians decide public policy issues is that they can call on expertise to fill gaps in their knowledge. People like Madu refuse to seek that knowledge, going instead with blind adherence to ideology, or "both-siding" issues that have one side.
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I am considering just posting a zoom link here and doing it.
Thanks for the interest. I am going to make it a podcast with @TheBreakdownAB and post here later.
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