On Thursday, July 13th, Federal NDP Leadership Candidate, Jagmeet Singh, announced a federal ban on racial profiling as part of his criminal justice platform policy. Jagmeet made the announcement through an engaging online Twitter thread that captured the hearts of many. See the full Twitter thread here:
Jagmeet began with a personal story of his own and his experience with being racially profiled during arbitrary street checks (carding) as a teenager:
This hurtful experience of being carded continued for Jagmeet, even while studying as a successful law student in Toronto.
Jagmeet explains that it was at this moment that the impact of this injustice set in:
Jagmeet also shined light on two recent examples of injustice involving police , beginning with the killing of Pierre Coriolan in Montreal:
As well as the killing of Andrew Loku in Toronto in 2015:
Jagmeet's announcement also reflected on the importance of genuine solidarity with Black Lives Matter and others leading the fight against anti-black racism:
The announcement culminated in a commitment to banning the practice of racial profiling as leader of Canada's NDP: