Mohamed Yaffa said he found it annoying when he was asked to show more ID and go through extra questioning in March 2010 at an Air Canada counter because of his name.
By June of that year, when he said he was facing the process for the sixth time, he found it not just annoying, but incredibly humiliating.
“They said it’s about my name, but I don’t know what is wrong with my name. They haven’t told me that,” said Yaffa, a diversity and inclusion co-ordinator at Capital Health, which provides health services in the Halifax region. “I thought you should be treated based on your actions, but not based on your name.”
Yaffa, who describes himself as a “Muslim Canadian of African descent,”has brought Air Canada before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, alleging that he faced “enhanced security screening” because of his race, national or ethnic origin, colour and religion.
Air Canada told the tribunal that it did not discriminate against Yaffa, but was simply following American and Canadian requirements with regards to each country’s no-fly list. The airline declined to comment further as the matter is still before the tribunal.
In an interview Wednesday, Yaffa told the Star that Air Canada agents have never told him if his name is actually on a no-fly list. Public Safety Canada said it does not publicly release names on the list due to security concerns. He said the extra questioning and security screenings have usually led him to be the last passenger to board the plane.
“And then everybody on the plane is looking at you, knowing you were there standing at the counter while the agent was on the phone. It’s very distressful,” he said. “But it also makes you apprehensive for the next time. Will you face delays again? Are you going to be prohibited from flying at all? Because nobody is telling you exactly what your issue is.”
Having worked in the field of diversity and inclusion training for the last 14 years, Yaffa said he knows what a “culturally sensitive” staff looks like, and wants to see proof that Air Canada is properly training its agents.
this is white supremacy at work
People responding to this post just as I suspected.
if we go to a restaurant and have to choose between a table or a booth and you say table i will never trust you again
that’s not true at all, the only races that exist aren’t “Black and white” and i thoroughly doubt you’re Black so how are you going to speak for Black people in Europe or any PoC when they’re saying and proving that this is happening
- “I’m not racist but Miss France competition should be only for white women, it seems logical actually” “In terms of beauty, sorry but blacks don’t come close to whites.” “Blacks all look the same, it’s disturbing” one of many tweets in response to Black contestants and the winner of this Miss France competition
- Bananas Thrown At Black Italian Minister, Cecile Kyenge, During Speech
- (via selchieproductions
- English “man” racially abuses a young Japanese woman on a London train.
like what are you talking about.. Besides the whole colonization and Naziism and everything, you all literally still have structural and institutionalized racism just like everywhere.. it’s not a matter of “assholes” if European countries do not have laws against racial discrimination they’re racist lol. Open a newspaper where you live
Canada stands with #MikeBrown
These were at a Mike Brown Rally in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Hundreds of people gather in a vigil to honour and remember Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall; both are first nations who were recently found deceased. Tina Fontaine was found in a bag in the river, murdered.
Media reports have come in saying that those marching have filled Portage and Main in Winnipeg.
We need to combat racism and prevent further violence and death to first nations people, but especially women. Canadians should not forget about this.
Members of a Winnipeg family say they’re afraid for the safety of 15-year-old Pretty Plume Cobiness.
According to a post on Facebook, Cobiness was last seen leaving Studio 393 in Portage Place wearing a black T-shirt with a white logo. The First Nation teen is approximately five feet six inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and has long brown hair.
Her brother, Pete Cobiness, says no one in her family has heard from her since Saturday.
"You never know and if you’re in the city, that’s what really worries me — some crazy stuff goes on out here," he told CBC News on Tuesday.
Winnipeg police confirm that Cobiness was reported missing on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Her disappearance came just one day before the body of another 15-year-old girl, Tina Fontaine, was discovered in the Red River in Winnipeg.
This is tragic. ANOTHER missing aboriginal girl in Canada. Not even a day after Tina Fontaine was found, murdered.
Please signal boost!