‘Driving whereas Black’ convoy to protest racial profiling in Montreal

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A convoy of Black drivers will make its approach by Montreal on Sunday to denounce racial profiling by police and name for an finish to “driving whereas Black” circumstances.

The convoy will depart from two locations, the Radisson métro station and the Walmart in Kirkland, round midday and is predicted to final three hours.

Organizers need the protest to be peaceable and have deliberate the path to disrupt visitors as little as attainable, stated Fo Niemi, co-founder of Montreal’s Centre for Analysis-Motion on Race Relations.

“It’s about attempting to reappropriate the idea of driving whereas Black,” Niemi stated, and “to dispel the racial stereotype that at any time when Black folks drive vehicles deemed to be fancy they’re all the time thought-about suspicious.”

Niemi stated the convoy will embody folks from Montreal, Longueuil, Terrebonne and Repentigny.

“The issue isn’t just in Montreal,” he stated. “It’s widespread and systemic and one thing that has been occurring for therefore lengthy that individuals really feel the necessity to reclaim their streets.”