From: theguardian.com, by Kyle Lydell Canty, on Nov 11, 2015, see the article HERE.
“The United States has always been a terrible country to live in. I have no intention of going back.”
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 24 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.
I have been studying law for much time on my own, so it didn’t take very long for me to inform myself about the process of applying for asylum. The internet has become very powerful, and everything that I needed was just a click away.
The resources that I used included the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, along with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Handbook and the Refugee and Immigration Protection Act of Canada.
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.
On the day I left the United States for what I hoped would be the last time, I took a combination of trains and buses from Salem, Oregon, until I reached the Canadian border. I passed through customs and border patrol with a valid United States passport, and they allowed me to come into the country.
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 September 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.
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.
“The country hasn’t changed its ways at all since slavery.” Wow. What a profound statement. Any by someone who has “educated himself on black history,” no less.
At the risk of sounding racist, I’d encourage all black folks who think as Mr. Canty does, to do exactly as he did – leave – the sooner the better.
I’d rather that you not immigrate to Canada as I wouldn’t wish others (like you) with similar beliefs on our Canadian neighbors, but please leave. Go somewhere, anywhere, and allow your more level-headed brothers (like Ban Carson) to remain here and contribute to our society.
Frankly, if I’d known that you were planning to leave, I would have considered contributing to your transportation fund. Many of us “racist” whites would be pleased to see a lot of you black racists pick up and leave for your “racial Utopia.” Since the U.S. is such a “terrible country” I don’t know why you stayed this long? Don’t forget to renounce your U.S. citizenship so you can’t come back.
It’s a damn shame that an intellectual genius like yourself has turned your back on your native country, what will we possibly do now that you’re gone? How will we replace the loss of your 60-70 IQ points. Will NASA be short-handed? Will a cure for cancer be pushed back? Or, more likely, police will have more time for community service now that they aren’t harassing you so much.
I can’t say that I’m sorry to see you go, I just wish you could have taken those 30 or so striking Missouri football players and Reverends Sharpton and Wright with you. They don’t appreciate the United States either.