Wow. This country REALLY stinks. Even though hundreds of thousands of people are risking their lives and clamoring to get in here, it’s a hell-hole. Even though we have twice elected a black president, we are viciously racist. Just look at what’s happening at Mizzou – and other campuses across the nation. It’s SO awful here, people will even make up stories about how awful it is, just to get their point across.
Well, one young black American activist has a superb idea – which, with any luck, many more discontented American activists of ALL colors (and I do mean ALL) will follow suit.
Kyle Lydell Canty has decided that since the U.S. is such as TERRIBLE place to live (and always has been), he’s seeking asylum in Canada.
Here is his impassioned story as posted in the UK Guardian:
Black people or people of African descent living in the United States should consider seeking asylum in other countries. That’s what I did. On 23 September, I applied for asylum in Canada. We were brought to America as slaves, and the country hasn’t changed its ways at all since then.
Throughout my life, police departments have harassed me and made me fear for my life – this is something many other people of color will have experienced too.
If you’re black in the US you will always have to go through persecution and discrimination at some point in your life. Black Americans are killed in large numbers by the police, regularly denied the same education and access to housing as white Americans and face hurdles when trying to vote. All these forms of discrimination are racist – yet they continue nonetheless.
Applying for asylum has been in the back of my mind for a long time, especially since I started reflecting on my experiences in the United States of America and educating myself on black history.
In my dossier, in which I built a case for my application, I included 18 exhibits describing the conditions of my country from a human rights perspective. All of the exhibits deal with racial disparities and police brutality and come from credible sources, such as the United Nations.
(Wait, did he just say the United Nations is a credible source?)
In Vancouver, at the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, I handed in my asylum application, which is now under consideration. I had my first a hearing at the immigration court on 23 October 2015. The judge didn’t give me any specific time or day that he would make his decision. But, given the legal package I put together, I think he is going to have a hard time just flat out rejecting my asylum claim.
As I wait, I am living in Vancouver BC and receiving Canada’s social assistance.
(Now THAT’S a shocker!)
I would have to move to a less expensive city if I wanted to live on my own.
(Excuse me, I’m tuning up the world’s smallest violin)
I would prefer working for a living but immigration won’t issue me a work permit.
If I receive a negative decision of my asylum application, I’m already 10 moves ahead as far as my appeal process goes. I have a plan, and I’m going to follow it. The United States has always been a terrible country to live in. The United States government is always murdering, undermining and underestimating its black citizens – and I have no intention of going back.
America is not the best country in the world – nor was it ever in the past. The only people who can claim it is are individuals who don’t understand the true meaning of life, love and happiness.
Kyle, you have a swell old time up there in Canada, eh? Don’t bother sending a postcard.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]