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In Canada, the Killing of Black Men by Police Never Seems to Be About Race (Part 3)

Paul Barret “Unavoidable tragedies” Albert Johnson’s death was “almost unavoidable.” Loku’s death is a “tragedy.” In these and other numerous cases, the solemn words of white, liberal concern are offered as an empty gesture of concern for the Black community. Indeed, it is only within the twisted logic of Canadian white supremacy that in both

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In Canada, the Killing of Black Men by Police Never Seems to Be About Race (Part 2)

Paul Barret Justifying police killing a national past-time Forgetting these names and ignoring these histories makes these killings possible. It is only by learning these histories that we can begin to understand this particularly Canadian strain of anti-Black racism. The cases of Albert Johnson and Andrew Loku are particularly revealing in this sense both for their striking

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In Canada, the Killing of Black Men by Police Never Seems to Be About Race (Part 1)

  Paul Barrett February 24, 2017 A Black immigrant in Toronto waves an everyday object in a “threatening” manner. Police are called. The man is described as disturbed, unruly, unstable, and, most importantly, dangerous. Concerned police plead with the man to drop the weapon, but their cries are ignored. Finally, they shoot him. He dies.

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