Racial profiling studied as NS Human Rights Commission turns 50

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission marked its 50th anniversary Friday with a conference looking at racial profiling, among other things.

One African-Nova Scotian man who was raised in public housing says anti-black racism in this province manifests itself in many different ways, including in cases of racial and criminal profiling.

“In criminal profiling, you’re looking for behaviours and you get a brief description of a person,” Dalhousie University social work student Tyler Upshaw said.

In racial profiling, “you kind of [attribute the crime to] people who may fit that description based on the colour of their skin.

“Also, anti-black racism leads to a wealth of inequalities, especially when it comes to employment.”

According to 2011 data from the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotians had a rate of unemployment higher (14.5 per cent) than the rest of Nova Scotia (9.9 per cent).

“And the implications of this are strong because when we

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