Via Daily Beast:
Kyle Canty says blacks are ‘being exterminated at an alarming rate’ and that he’ll only be safe north of the border.
It has been nearly two months since he crossed the border into Canada, fleeing the discrimination and state violence plaguing his home country.
In seeking refugee status before Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board in Vancouver, Kyle Lydell Canty argued that belongs to a vulnerable minority that is “being exterminated at an alarming rate” in his homeland.
Canty was referring to the United States and police brutality.
“I’m in fear of my life because I’m black,” Canty, 30, told the board during his hearing on Oct. 23, where he cited the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. “This is a well-founded fear.”
Canty, who was born in New York, has resided in six states over the span of three decades. He traveled to Vancouver early last month as a tourist, but says he decided to apply for refugee status shortly after his arrival. He now resides at a homeless shelter.
“When I see the police coming in the U.S., I cross the street,” he said.
In presenting his case before the IRB, Canty submitted evidence that he claims demonstrates that cops have harassed and profiled him in every state he’s lived in.