A few thoughts on carding

Today’s news that carding doesn’t help fight crime didn’t surprise me.

Carding is a cancer that afflicts those caught walking while black. Most of what police have wrung from this policy turned out rotten. Its damage to the black community was psychic. Scars are fresh but it’s time to heal. Then I began to wonder about the people who support carding. How could they discredit this report? I searched for answers and found one on the Globe and Mail website in a photo and its caption.

The judge who came to the carding conclusion is black.

Michael Tulloch is the “first black judge appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.” He was born in Manchester Parish in Jamaica. Same as my parents. He attended high school in Brampton — same as me — but at a public school that was seven minutes from my house. That school was Central Peel. Although I remember it had another name in the nineties. When Brampton’s browning began, I heard that white people called it Central African.

Back then they didn’t call harassing black men in Brampton carding. It was life. At one point you have a black bar mitzvah, where parents tell little black boys that the police see them as dangerous men. Tulloch would know this. He followed the “right” path but he would know that police could jam him up. That’s what makes him the perfect person to pass judgment.

He may have avoided getting carded himself. But I imagine his skin tone and experience acting as a sympathetic witness. At every step of the trial reminding him of reality.

Somewhere carding supporters are snickering. “A black judge says carding doesn’t work. Surprise. Surprise.” But I don’t care. I’m not sure where we’d be on this issue if we didn’t have a black judge.

Sorry, Drake. Tulloch started from near the bottom and made it here: http://www.ontariocourts.ca/coa/en/.

And that place matters more than your music.

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