Kyle Lydell Canty took a trip to Vancouver in September and informed the border patrol that he was just visiting for a few days. Those few days have now turned into Canty trying to get Canada to grant him asylum.

The 30-year-old spoke at his hearing last week, and IRB member Ron Yamauchi that he was in fear of his life because he’s black.

During his asylum hearing he cited the deaths of Eric Garner, Mike Brown and argued that black men in the U.S. are “being exterminated at an alarming rate”.

Although Canty was representing himself, Yamauchi commended him on his well-prepared case.

From CBC:

Canty submitted a significant evidence package to the IRB including videos, media reports and the UNHCR’s handbook on determining refugee status.

In order for someone to be called a refugee in Canada, they must prove they are in danger in their home country, “that you’re someone with a well-founded fear of persecution in your country, based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.” said Melissa Anderson. who speaks for the IRB.

Born in New York, Canty has lived in six different states before arriving in Canada, a country he says he’s never been to before.

He told the IRB that in every state he resided, police have harassed him and targeted him because of his race.

As part of evidence submitted to the board, Canty edited together multiple point-of-view videos of his interaction with police, including one where he was arrested for trespass in Salem, Oregon, when he spent two hours talking on the phone and using free Wi-Fi at a bus station.

“I got bothered because I’m black,” he said. “This is a history of false arrest. My name is ruined because of the false arrest.”

He described another video submitted to the IRB that shows a police car driving past him and then stopping.

Canty is currently living in a homeless shelter in Vancouver, as he awaits the decision from the Canadian government. Canada only grants 10 American citizens asylum each year.

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  • Mary Burrell

    Is Canada any better? I think black people are hated all over the world i could be exaggerating but i don’t feel it will be any better there either. Good luck to him though.

  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    Black Canadian here. Yeah, Canada is racist as hell towards black people, but Aboriginal people here have it worse than black people. He’s less likely to get killed by cops, this is true, but if he thinks that he’ll be immune, he’s out of his damn mind. He’s not immune to job and housing discrimination or Stop and Frisk (it’s called ‘carding’ here, they tried to get it banned, but it didn’t work), if he thinks he’ll be immune to the fact that blacks are arrested ten times more than whites and if he thinks he’ll be immune to non-black poc-on-black bigotry, white supremacist groups and white patriarchy supremacy in general, he’s insane. If he thinks that he’ll have any, kind of representation in the media–, oh man, he’ll see the tokenism abound, when they bother. There’s a reason why people think that outside of Toronto and Montreal there aren’t any black people. If he cares about beauty standards, get ready to see whiteBut if he gets killed, for any reason, it’ll be his fault, police will slink out of charges and no one will march. I hope he doesn’t care about his kids never learning a damn thing about black people in school. You should’ve seen the reaction over the Afrocentric school that opened in Toronto, yeah, Canada’s racist.

    Canada thinks that if it says it’s not racist, it isn’t. It’s pretty smug about the fact that isn’t as racist as the USA, but that’s setting a pretty low standard. If he speaks in American Vernacular, his code switch will have to remain in the ‘ON’ setting in perpetuity (because any knowledge that we pick up of it comes from TV and black people here are smart enough to know that that isn’t fair or accurate representation). I’ll say, in general, though Canadians can love individual Americans, on the whole, it can be a bit iffy on Americans as a whole, who are, unfortunately, kind of stereotyped as the Ugly American. Canada definitely has a love/hate relationship with America and people will constantly ask him to compare the two but the British influence here is also really, really strong. We’re a Dominion with the Queen on our money and at the Head of Government (not that that part means a ton), but we’re definitely less interested in the Royal Family than is America. I hope he likes Britcoms.

    But, yeah, there’s no way he’s getting in.

    • Great Points.

      Also, you are an Afro-Canadian, so your insights are very valuable here.

    • Chazz A

      Great comment. Although his decision to seek asylum seems a bit bizarre, since racism is global, I’m surprised at his “naive” way of thinking that the quality of life as a black man will be so much better.
      Is Canada transitioning from Monarchy to a Republic structure?

  • Zorino

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

    Canadian Police may be less violent in the US, Canada has more gun control, free health care and such but there are still several types of discriminations.

    Canadians have their own issues too. Language (English vs French), Native/Aboriginal Canadians are major issues in Canada. Sometimes race is put on the back burner. Black Matters don’t always matter the way they do in the America.

    Job discrimination is a reality in Canada. Police brutality and racial profiling, albeit less prevalent,are a reality.

    I hope dude is aware of different aspects of Canadian life.

  • ALM247

    I see that there is a limit of 10. I already knew that they weren’t going to allow an influx of folks…..By the way, how does he know that racial conditions in Canada are any better?