Anti-Black racism in Atlantic Canada in 2021: Issues and possible solutions


Quentrel Provo remembers how he and his cousins would be questioned by police while playing hide-and-seek.

He's been asked if he was lost while in the building where he works.

And even as he participates in cultural panels advising the Halifax Regional Police, he gets pulled over because he’s a Black man driving a Mercedes.

“It took me 17 years to get to that Mercedes. Worked my butt off. And the profiling that I've experienced? I've been pulled over five times since I got that Mercedes in September,” he says.

When the mother of four first saw the video, she thought it was of a racist incident in the United States, not Cape Breton. Her son had sent it to her while she was out of the house. In it, two people in a vehicle yell racial slurs at three teens who are walking across a mall parking lot, and then the driver turns toward the youth and starts driving the vehicle in their direction, accelerating as he got closer.

Paul Banahene Adjei was flying home to St. John's in 2017 from a conference in Winnipeg when he missed a connecting flight due to an airline delay.

Unlike the white passengers on the plane, Adjei and his friend — also Black — didn't receive a hotel voucher.

“We were the only Black passengers on the plane and the only ones who didn’t get a voucher …,” he said. “When we went to the main desk we were shocked to realize all the other white folks travelling with us had actually been given hotel vouchers … (The airline representative) had treated us differently.”

It’s one of many stories Adjei could tell about unfair treatment due to his race — often at home in Newfoundland and Labrador.