Watch Desmond Cole talk racism in Toronto on CBC’s Metro Morning
This month’s Toronto Life cover story is a searing memoir by Desmond Cole about his experiences with racial profiling in Toronto and other Ontario cities. On Tuesday, he appeared on CBC’s Metro Morning to talk about his story with host Matt Galloway. At one point, Galloway asks Cole what it’s like to be black in Toronto. “I say in the piece that I’m a prisoner in my own city,” Cole replies. “And I know that that feels pretty strong for a lot of people. But just imagine that you actually cannot go anywhere in your city without somebody who protects the public and upholds the law thinking, ‘That person’s about to do something wrong.’ That makes you paranoid. It makes you scared. It makes you start second-guessing yourself even when you’re not doing anything wrong. So, it is a sort of prison.” Click the play button above to watch a video of the full interview.