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African-Canadian Community Perceptions
This paper explores the challenges facing the Toronto police when dealing with the African community.
# 99553 | 4,514 words | 21 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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This paper relates that the Metropolitan Toronto Police (MTP) face a Black community that can strongly support police efforts, although some individuals see the MTP as biased against any and all persons of African descent. The paper discusses media stereotypes and representations of Black youth violence. The paper looks at the Toronto Police service's racism-free policing culture and comments that one sees nothing in the media to indicate many decent police who certainly serve the Black public fairly. The paper decries the media that focuses on alleged police brutality, prejudice or anti-African discrimination.

The African 'Community'
Police Prejudice and its Correction
Observations of Lawyers and Others
Again -- What is the Black Community?
Gangs and Related Activities
Concluding Discussion

From the Paper:

"The very term African or 'Black' is a very broad and some would argue a distorting term, in view of a range of communities in Toronto that happen to be of African origin. Effort was made while preparing this paper to speak with a range of persons in those of 'Canadian Black' origins, descendants of Underground Railroad fugitives, Jamaican Maroons or Empire Loyalists, from Toronto's immense and also varied West Indian community to have taken form since the early 1960s, and also, more recent arrivals from Commonwealth and other African countries. The extreme variety of African origins in the 'Black Community' is not explained to the public by the mass media any more than effort is made to explain that 'white' Torontonians are extremely varied."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Akin, D. (2002). Race Matters. Canadian Association of Journalists. Fall: 1-4.
  • Alexander, the Hon. L. (2002). Welcoming Address. Summit on Policing, Race Relations and Racial Profiling. Toronto: Canadian Race Relations Foundation. November 25.
  • Andrews, A.G. (1992). Review of Race Relations Practices of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force. Toronto: Metropolitan Audit Department.
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  • CISC. (2001). Federal Government Introduces National Anti-Gang Measures. Ottawa: Criminal Intelligence Service Canada. (release of April 17)

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