Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Interview with Prince

Yes, that's the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Purple Rain Prince, Blouses Prince, I've got a perm and permanent movember stache Prince.  This dude:



Last night I got a chance to see Prince in concert here in London at the JLC.  It was my first "real" concert in an arena, and I'll admit that this man knows how to put on a show.  Production and performance all top notch.

I got even luckier that I had a backstage media pass to give Prince his first interview in years.  (Ya, who knew that people cared about christopherstuartheadseast, but Prince seemed to like my post on Skinny Shorts are Capri Pants).

So here's my brief interview with Prince.  And in keeping with the style of my blog, I asked some pretty random questions and got some even more interesting answers:

Me:  Thank you so much for giving me this interview, Mr. Prince.  The ten people a day that read my blog will be so grateful for it.

Prince:  The thanks is all mine, my good Canadian dreadlocked brother.  And you can just call me what most of my friends do: The artist that was formerly a human, but who is now Jesus (TATWFAHBWINJ).  Or just Jesus for short.

Me:  Jesus.  Gotcha.  Ummm, so Jesus, what's your favourite food?

Prince:  Pancakes.

Me:  What's your shoe size?

Prince:  I wear a ladies 6, but I can still buy my runners in the kid section at Foot Locker.  You know what they say about men with small feet, eh? (As he gives a nod to his female guitarist who is sitting on his lap.)

Me:  What?

Prince:  They can fit into a great pair of leather high heels.

Me:  Oddly enough, you do make a good point.  So Jesus, if you weren't a world renowned musical star, what would you have done with your life?

Prince:  I would've been a jockey and rode camels around the streets of Miami.  If that didn't work out, I always thought about being a lingerie model.  You've never seen me in a Victoria's Secret lace blouse.

Me:  I'll take your word for it on that one.  What's your favourite sport?

Prince:  Basketball.  Back in the '80s I got a scholarship to Duke to play, but I turned it down because I kept on sweating out my perm.

Me:  Basketball?  You don't look like the typical basketball player.

Prince:  That's exactly what Charlie Murphy thought.

Me:  Christmas is around the corner and I was wondering what are some of your favourite holiday traditions?


Prince:  I really mellowed out a lot once we got to 2000.  Shoot, I really didn't think I'd live to see the new millennium and that's why I wrote "1999" in 1982.  But back in the day, me, Rick James, Madonna, Boy George, George Michael, Charlie Sheen and Mick Jagger, used to have some wicked Christmas parties.  I remember one year while on tour in Colombia, I decided to have a white Christmas in LA.  We each pitched in 50k dollars and got illegal immigrants to sprinkle cocaine from the ceiling while we sang Christmas carols.  It wasn't purple rain, but it did the trick.  Best Christmas ever!

Me:  Wow.  That sounded like one hell of a party.


Prince:  Yes it was.  It was then when I first came up with the idea of changing my name from Prince to the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.  I honestly couldn't remember who I was after that night.

Me:  Well, Jesus, I really appreciate you taking the time for this interview and I know the few fans of  christopherstuartheadseast will be really excited to see it.

Prince:  My pleasure my dreadlocked brother.  Hey, how about a game of basketball and some pancakes?

I politely declined the offer and left.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

White Girls Gone Bad

Old White women usually grab their purse when people like me walk by them on the street.  I'd bet that 9 out of 10 people lock their car doors when a street kid approaches them at a stop light.

Me, on the other hand, is terrified when I walk through the mall on a Saturday afternoon and a group of Britney Spears look-a-likes come giggling past me.

Don't let the giggles fool you.  Behind that pale skin, crystal (meth) blue eyes, and children of the corn blonde hair, lies a deep sinister evil.  And I'm not talking about that Linda Blair from The Exorcist made up kind of evil.


I'm talking about real killers.  Real cold hearted White women that would kill you (or their own child) without even thinking twice.  I mean we talk about racial profiling and all that jazz, but I think it's time that the cops start pulling over people that look like Christina Aguilera and Taylor Swift.

Check some of these real life "White Girls Gone Bad" cases:

Amanda Knox

Ya, she looks like you'd buy some Girl Guide cookies from her, but whether she raped and killed her British roommate in Italy or not, this women is cold as ice.

Casey Anthony

Living in London, I live in fear of someone like her kidnapping me in broad daylight, killing me, stuffing me in a car, then leaving my dead body to rot while she's out drinking on Richmond Row.  Well, while a jury this past summer said she didn't kill her child, why didn't she report her death to police?  I guarantee that 10 out of 10 parents would rather let her babysit their kid before even letting me in their house.

Karla Homolka

The name and face pretty well speak for themselves.  And she was 20 when she and Bernardo raped her own sister.  She's now free living in the Caribbean under the alias Leanne Teale.

Think about it the next time you cross the street when you see a person like me coming and then remember who you left your kids with at daycare.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Barbados Top Ten

Today, November 30th, celebrates 45 years (1966-2011) of Barbadian independence.  So to mark the occasion, here is my Barbados Top Ten.  And as usual, this list should not be taking seriously, nor should it be used as a travel guide.

The Beaches:


Enough said.

Crop Over (the parties in general):

There aren't many places in the world where you can prance around half naked with paint and mud all over you in the middle of the night drinking in public.  Shout out to Trinidad and Brazil.

Obadele Thompson:

Before Usain Bolt, he was the fastest man in world running 9.69 (w).  Then he decided to go off and marry Marion Jones.  Ah well.

The Diaspora:

You can literally find Bajans doing great things all over the world (even had some up in the Northwest Territories).  Whether they were born and raised on the Island; expatriates or sojourners; one, two, or three generations removed; through pride and industry, Bajans and their descendants make their homeland proud.

Rihanna:

Whether you like her or not, she is the most famous and most recognizable person to have ever come out of Barbados.  Fullstop.  Period.  Shoot, I was in Mwanza, Tanzania and had people with "what's my name?" ring tones.  She needs to do a concert in East Africa.

Banks, Mount Gay, and Tiger Malt:

Not many places in the world that you could give a 10 year old 10 dollars to buy you a bottle of rum.  Not only will he buy you a bottle of rum, but he can sit there and feel like a big man while he sips on a malt (or drink some of your rum).

Time Keeping:


"What time is it?" 6:30.  "No, I asked, what the time was?"  6:30.  "No, the time?!"  6:30.

If you understood that brief encounter with a tourist and a local, you know Barbados.  If you're a female tourist out at a club and a man asks you the time, bend over and don't look back.

The English Language and Curse Words:

Bajans speak english.  Yes, they do.  But sometimes you just start to wonder:  Wunna.  Broughtupsy.  Bubbi.  Too sweet.  Wukup.  Busylickum.  Guhblinya.  Obeah.  Licks.  Hardears.  Pooch.

Education:

Barbados still has one of the highest literacy rates in the world.  Education is no joke.

The Atmosphere:

At the end of the day, Barbados really is Just Beyond Your Imagination.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I love the CFL

Two old men fighting.  Enough said.


Funniest part is how the laughter changes into gasps of horror.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bubble Gum Riddim

Riddim of the Day for all those "Bob Marley is Reggae Music" people out there.  And an added shout out to those that think it's inherently all sexist and homophobic music for Black heathens by Black heathens. 


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kampaign for Kwanzaa

Time to dust off those dashikis, sew up that kente cloth, knit those tams, clean up those shaded thick-rim glasses, and pop in that Coming to America VHS.  Why?  Because Kwanzaa is less than a month away.



After doing complete and thorough research on the holiday using the world's most trusted information source - Wikipedia (next to Fox News and a parrow on Broad Street) - I've decided that Kwanzaa isn't just something that African-Americans should celebrate, but what everyone should.

Here's the breakdown of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak up and stand up for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (family): The belief in family and general communal understanding.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Just like any religion or holiday, I'm not saying to follow Kwanzaa by the book, nor do I believe it should be considered a separate "Black" or African-American event.  I really think if we followed the seven principles (or at least recognized them) over the Christmas season, and applied them to our own personal beliefs, it could go a long way.

Think about it: how many Christians recognize their Christianity by going to Church one night a year and then in that same night lie to their children that a pagan hobo broke in their house and gave them coal cause they were bad?

And for the record for those bad breed children out there, the way the world is going, coal ain't such a bad thing to get from Mr. Santa.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Punch a Dog. Save a Life.

Maybe I don't need to have that conversation with my dog to actually understand what she's thinking.


It's even funnier the second time you watch it.  It's even funnier if you own a dog.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm A Belieber

Now sing it to this tune:


I know I've come down real hard on Justin Bieber and his religion - Belieberism - on my blog.  I still think he's a packaged product plucked out of a town only known for their Shakespeare Festival.  A far cry from him living up the swagger lifestyle in the US.

But after hearing about his whole paternity scandal and watching him on the American Music Awards last night, I need to give credit where credit is due.  And I need to pat this boy wonder on his back.

Nope, not for his record sales, or his perfume, or his androgynous get up, or his First Choice haircut, but because this kid has hit a level that he can do no wrong.  Direct comparison?  Chris Brown.

Yes, I've compared him to the infamous made famous, bleach blonde, Michael Jackson wannabe, woman beater, and rising tattooed pop star, Chris Brown.

Think about it, how many regular people can be embroiled in a paternity suit with some random woman accusing you of fathering your mini-me, and you can still take your girlfriend to an awards show in front of millions of people?

Not only is Bieber accused, the man has no problem taking a paternity test to prove his innocence.  Check it ladies: if your man is accused of fathering another woman's baby and he willingly goes in to have a paternity test to prove his innocence, that's his baby.  Even if it's not his baby, he slept with her.  Multiple times.  Insert Maury Povich here.


So every time I think of Mr. Bieber now, I don't think of that young scraggly man-child unable to grow facial hair.  No.  I think of a proud Chris Brown wannabe just waiting for his chance to end up on Maury.  Or marry a Kardashian.  I belieb in him.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Reggae Music Does Not Equal Marijuana or Bob Marley

I post music on here from time to time and listening to a new riddim (rhythm or instrumental beat) today had me thinking about how a lot of people perceive reggae music.

Listen to this first:


For those indie bands out there in garages all over North America, you don't need to get high or turn your goldie locks into dreadlocks.  You don't need to sing about oppression or The Man or gun violence or money (well you can sing about cake soap and bleaching your skin, but you might want to do a little research on that one first a la Vybz Kartel and mental slavery).

Sing about your girlfriend or wife.  Your mother or father.  Make songs about how good you feel about being alive to a nice melody.  Sing about the summer, winter, or the fact that you just got a new pair of shoes.  Make a new Christmas song and dedicate it to that special someone in your life.  Write a tune about your neighbourhood or the kraft dinner you had the night before.  Sing about God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, or whomever you pray to at night.

Basically I'm saying enjoy the music and don't fit a stereotype of what you think it should be and sound like.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

People I'd like to have dinner with

I guess you could say that this is a quasi follow-up to my "places I'd like to go now that it's cold" posts.  These are just people I find interesting and they could be dead or alive or fictitious for that matter.

Malcolm X
Joseph Stalin
Mike Tyson
Hillary Clinton
Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali)
A nurse that worked on the Front in WWII
Anne Frank
Christopher Columbus
Colonel Sanders
Bussa
Napoleon Bonaparte
Toussaint L'Ouverture (Napoleon and Toussaint have to sit next to each other)
Queen Victoria
Denzel Washington
Smurfette (Only female smurf.  I vote for some interesting stories)
Pierre Trudeau
Neil Armstrong
Precious from the movie Precious (I want to know what happens after the movie ends)
Charlie Sheen as Chris Taylor in Platoon
Tiger Woods
A tiger (a real one.  I'd actually like to speak to a dog too.  Not just any dog, but my dog)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christopher in the News

I'm no Maya Angelou or Kevin O'Leary, but I can say that I'm featured in the same newspaper volume as the two of them.  Photo and all, folks!

Check this out (scroll to page 13):

http://communications.uwo.ca/westernnews/downloads/wnews-pdf/2011/WN_Oct27_FA.pdf

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Double Down & Double Up Your Waistline

If you haven't heard, Black people (and some White people for that matter) love chicken.  If you also hadn't heard, the vast majority of Barbadians or Bajans are Black.  Thus with that piece of LSAT logic, I can rightfully deduce that Barbados loves chicken.

For those of you that have never been to Barbados, fast food chicken is king.  Imagine Tim Hortons served coagulated cardiac arrest instead of liquid cocaine?  That's what Chefette is to Bajans.

And what's greater than a Chefette grease trap hiding as a snack box with a big ol' side of sugar water with bubbles and food colouring?  (For the record and for those health conscious folks, broasted chicken at Chefette is broasted in zero trans fat.  Yes, broasted.  How many people minus cardiac surgeons have even heard of the word?)

But back to the finger licking good point at hand.  What is better than eating a broasted breast as the highlight of your meal?  Wrapping both your hands around two broasted breasts smothered around bacon and cheese.  

KFC's Double Down:


Double Down meet Barbados.  Barbados meet Double Down.  KFC meet massive profits.  Barbados meet clogged arteries.

One DD (Daring Death) sandwich has 540 calories, 32g of fat, and 1380mg of sodium.  For most people those numbers mean absolutely nothing.  But when you compare that the recommended average daily sodium intake is 1500mg for people aged 9-50, you start to understand that the Double Downing could actually kill you.

This is not a public service announcement, and yes, I who climbed all the way to the top of Mount Kill-A-Man-Jaro was not able to finish one single DD sandwich.  I admit it.  Eating one of those sandwiches was like drinking a litre of sea water that was marinated in the ocean.  I think the only thing saltier would be if someone invented a new brand of salt that was saltier than salt itself.

If you're a high school student or that 99% that's occupying cities all over the world because you don't have a job here's a suggestion: go to med school and become a cardiologist.  Barbados will need plenty in the near future.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The End of Rihanna

I knew Rihanna was a big deal, but I didn't know she had the ability to predict the future.  Not many artists get the chance to videotape how their career will come crashing to an end.  You heard it here first, folks.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Herman Cain & Morgan Freeman

Astroturfing anyone?  Like it or not, the dude has a point.

"If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself."  At least he didn't say blame Jews.


And Mr. Freeman also has a real good point on how racism has gotten worse, not better, since Obama came to office.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Things I wouldn't do for a $1

My list is pretty long, but I think this one ranks near the top.

In all fairness to my fellow Black superhero, I don't really know if it was a one dollar bet or just a guy that knows he can't die.  Maybe he is a crackhead, maybe he's just a guy that wanted to jump off a house.  I will not pass judgment on this man, because well, he has lived to tell the story.

Disclaimer:  If you try this at home, you're an idiot.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Herman Cain

If you've never heard of this man, read this article.  And if you've watched the movie The Ides of March you might see the whole Black Democratic vs. Black Republican as a manipulated sham.

And word of the day: Astroturfing.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What White People Should Know About Black People

We are people just like you.

We are fat.  We are skinny.  We like hot dogs.  We watch CNN.  We listen to country music.  We play hockey.  We drink beer.  We love our children.  We are smart.  We are stupid.  We are conscious.  We are ignorant.  We go to school.  We have jobs.  We are homeless.  We are unemployed.  We drive Audis.  We ride bikes.  We own dogs.  We bowl.  We have Blackberrys.  We smoke.  We suffer from mental illness.  We have cancer.  We like Obama.  We hate Obama.  We are conservatives.  We are liberals.  We love Black people.  We are Christians.  We are Muslims.  We are Atheists.  We kill White people.  We kill Black people.  We save people.  We drop bombs.  We save homes.  We win.  We lose.

So let's get back to basics and throw away all these theories about learning cultural difference to end racism.  All we need to do is see people as people.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ram It!

This video goes out to all those capri pant - ahem - I mean skinny short wearing Leroys out there in the world.  At the time, these guys thought this video and lyrics were the hottest things since sliced bread.  Now?  Hmmm, I'm not so sure.


Shoot, even my man Eriq cut his hair for ER


I say LeBron, Bosh, and Wade take this advice on how to win and ram it!


Disclaimer: This blog does not promote ramming of any kind.  Day or night.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Publication

To continue with the work themed posts lately, here's a link to a book review I just got published over the weekend.  If you want to learn a little bit about Black Canadian history from a book that I have officially reviewed and endorsed, check out Sarah-Jane Mathieu's North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870-1955.

https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=32000

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Notes from the Gorilliphant Cage - Part IV


§  Immigration from the West Indies (& Coloured Immigration General) Policy & Instructions. R76; Vol. 830, File 552-1-644 (Part 3)
§  Department of External Affairs, Canada.  Numbered Letter to the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs, Ottawa, Canada.  From Office of the Commissioner for Canada, Port-of-Spain, R.G.C. Smith.  October 24th, 1961.
o   “The Emigration Problem for the West Indies”:
§  “On page 113 of the overseas edition of The Economist of the 14th of October there is an interesting article on this problem.  In that the absurdity of trying to argue that the restrictions are not aimed at coloured immigration is pointed out.  I am quite sure that this is a correct criticism.  Nobody will be convinced that the proposed restrictions are not based on colour.  To try to make it appear so is an insult to the intelligence of the coloured people.”
§  “From my own experience here, I have found that when talking of Canada’s immigration policy it has always been best to acknowledge the colour problem, to say that it is not Government policy to encourage or acquiesce to racialism in immigration or in anything else, but that public opinion based on years of prejudice cannot be changed over night, that the unfortunate fact remains that in a period of unemployment if two people apply for a job, it will be the white man who will be chosen as a general rule, that it is to avoid pockets of coloured unemployment that we must restrain immigration.”
§  “Should the British restrictions come to pass, inevitably this will increase the pressures on us to allow more West Indians into Canada…We can expect, therefore, that whatever move the British take in this field, almost regardless of whether the restrictions are real or token, this will develop pressures on Canada.

§  Immigration from the West Indies (& Coloured Immigration General) Policy & Instructions. R76; Vol. 830, File 552-1-644 (Part 4)
§  Globe and Mail, Nov. 5, 1963
o   “Questions”:
o   “In February, 1962, the Progressive Conservative Government altered immigration regulations so that admission to Canada depended more on the skills offered by would-be immigrants than on their color or country of origin.  It was admitted at the time that the success of the change would depend on the administration of the regulations.”
o   “In 1961, 1,249 persons came to Canada from British and other West Indian Islands.  In 1962, after the regulations were changed, the figure was 1,586.  So far this year, 1,542 have arrived.  These increases are disappointingly small and raise some questions which Mr. Favreau might ask.”
§  Department of External Affairs, Canada, Numbered Letter to the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs, Ottawa Canada.  From, Office of the High Commissioner for Canada (G.C. McInnes), Kingston, Jamaica, August 2nd, 1963.
o   “Jamaican Immigration to Canada”:
§  “West Indians have long been unhappy about Canadian immigration restrictions.  This attitude may have been diminished by the new immigration regulations, but the frequency with which the subject is raised with us here is ample evidence that it is far from eliminated.  This can be partly explained by the time it takes for the effect of the changes to become clear.  But many Jamaicans who wish to go to Canada do not meet the requirements of the new regulations, and Jamaicans in general are reluctant to recognize the deficiencies which make them unacceptable as immigrants.
§  “Generally speaking, negro Jamaicans tend to attribute their inability to meet standards accepted in Canada and other countries to racial prejudice, and refuse to recognise that common Jamaican attributes, such as irresponsible parenthood and indolence, are not regarded with indifference elsewhere.”
§  Barbados – OVERPOPULATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT A MEANS FOR EMIGRATION
§  Report on the October 25-27, 1963 Conference on “Commonwealth Partners in the West Indies” sponsored by The Canadian Institute of International Affairs (Fredericton Branch) and the University of New Brunswick.
o   “Two or three of the Canadian speakers insisted that Canada’s immigration door should be opened wide so as to accept all West Indian immigrants who wished to settle in this country. “
o   Overpopulation and Unemployment:
o   “All agreed that population pressure was very great in the islands, especially in Barbados where unemployment averaged close to 15% of the labour force.  Population was increasing so rapidly that a very high rate of economic growth was needed just to provide enough jobs to keep pace with the increase.”
o   Before CIA in Britain in first 6 months of 1962, she accepted 40,000 WI emigrants.  Last 6 months, only 4,000.
o   After regulations relaxed a bit in Canada, Canada accepted 1400 WI IGs in 1962; however, “it was mentioned time and again that Canada should relax its regulations even further”.
o   Most Canadian speakers felt that Canada still discriminated against West Indians because of their colour; this was done not under any law or regulation but by the immigration officer on the spot who for years had been working under the old regulations and so interpreted the new ones in light of his past experiences.”
o   “A strong feeling existed among many of the Canadian delegates that Canada still has two immigration standards, one for whites and another for blacks.”

§  Memorandum to A/Chief of Operations. From Head, Administration Section, February 28th, 1963.
o   “Visit of Immigration Officers to Caribbean and South America”
o   Total Number of Immigration Cases approved in Barbados: 15 cases of 19 persons
o   Total Number of Immigration Cases refused in Barbados: 23 cases of 53 persons
o   Jamaica: 120 cases and 251 persons approved VS. 181 cases and 427 persons refused

§  CANADA’S NEW IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION, FEBRUARY 1ST, 1962
§  Memorandum to Cabinet. Re: Opening a Canadian Immigration Office in The West Indies. From the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (No specified date of revisions.  First draft dated November 1962)
o   “Canada’s new Immigration Regulations which came into force on February 1, 1962, provided that anyone in the world could apply to come to Canada without regard to his race or country of nationality, subject only to standards of health, character, education, training, etc.”
o   Paragraph 11 of Memorandum dated October 16, 1961:
§  “The new regulations assume that for all the countries of the world the Canadian Immigration authorities will be able to apply the new criteria of admissibility successfully.  It should however be pointed out that in many of these countries we have no staff of our own: In addition, these tests must inevitably be subjective to a large extent, and this fact places a heavy pressure on our overseas visa officers.  It may well be necessary to open new offices in countries where no Canadian immigration officers presently are operative (e.g., West Indies, Spain, Japan): and to strengthen staff elsewhere, to assume these new and difficult responsibilities.”
o   “Thus far the most noticeable effect of the new Immigration Regulations has been in The West Indies.  Applications from persons in the Caribbean area began to build up as soon as the new regulations were announced and in June of this year an Immigration team was sent from Ottawa to the Caribbean to examine 311 family units which had been tentatively selected on the basis of ‘paper screening’.”
o   Total of 3,025 applications from The West Indies since the new immigration regulations came into effect.
o   Kingston, Jamaica being the logical site for an Immigration Office that would serve the West Indies (including Barbados).  Was not finalized.  Geographical, travel, and logistical issues trying to serve the entire Caribbean.  Traveling Immigration Missions thus served the Caribbean yearly following the new Regulations of 1962 up to and including 1966.
§  Foreign Trade Service.  To Mr. D.A. Reid, Chief of Operations, Immigration Branch, Department of Citizenship & Immigration, Ottawa.  From Roy W. Blake, Canadian Government Trade Commissioner, Kingston, Jamaica.  February 8th, 1962.
o   “The news about the revision of Canada’s immigration laws first appeared in the Jamaican press on Saturday, January 20th, and naturally more emphasis was placed on the lifting of the colour bar than on the necessity for skills.  Today is our fourteenth working day since then and we have now handed out over 1000 forms; in other words there is an average of 70 persons coming to our office each day regarding emigration.”
o   In the Letter of Refusal to those JA IGs, the sentence, “ ‘you do not come within the categories of persons being admitted to Canada’ has been particularly offensive to unsuccessful applicants in this territory.  They understandably feel that ‘category’ refers to colour, and if the use of the same sentence is continued, many will think that there has been no change in Canadian immigration policy.”

§  Immigration from the Caribbean Area. RG76; Volume, 820; File, 552-1-533
§  July 14th, 1966.  Canada-West Indies Conference – Follow-up action.  Assistant Deputy Minister (Immigration).  Director of Policy and Planning.  July 14th, 1966.
o   In general we are committed to dealing with West Indian immigrants on a completely non-discriminatory basis.  This means that special care must be taken to ensure that the criteria applied in Europe are applied by our selection teams visiting the Caribbean having regard to characteristic West Indian sensitivity towards real or imagined discrimination.”
o   “Arising from the Conference and the publicity which has been given to our selection criteria we can expect an increased number of applications from the West Indies.”
§  Commonwealth Caribbean-Canada Conference, Ottawa, July 6-8, 1966. June 1st, 1966.
o   “Immigration to Canada from the Commonwealth Caribbean (Background paper prepared by Canada”:
§  “Immigrants from Commonwealth countries of the Caribbean are admissible to Canada under the broadest of the admissible categories provided for in Canadian immigration law.  The Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations permit the admission of immigrants from the Caribbean area in two separate streams.”
·         Selected Immigrants: education, skills, training, or other special qualifications to “enable them to establish themselves successfully in Canada”.
·         Unsponsored Immigrants: spouses, sons or daughters and their spouses and children if under 21 years of age, brother or sisters and if married with their spouses and children under 21 years of age, parents and grandparents, fiancĂ© or fiancĂ©e, “unmarried orphan news or nieces under 21 years of age”
o   The paper states, “Aside from the admission of a few individuals under special authorities, there was little immigration from the Caribbean prior to 1955”.  In 1955 the beginning of the Domestic Scheme.
§  The previous statement is not true because Black WIs attempted to emigrate to Canada but the door was firmly closed and Canadian legislation, specifically that denying Black West Indians were British Subjects, excluded them from migrating.
o   “Allegations of Racial Discrimination”: Canada denies racist immigration policy
§  “Canadian immigration law makes no distinction between the racial origins of immigrants.  The degrees of relationship of persons admissible as sponsored immigrants do at present vary from country to country.”
§  “Normal and necessary criteria with respect to such matters as health, financial responsibility and absence of criminal record are applied impartially to all applicants without distinction to race.”
o   Barbadian Immigrants -1965:
§  Sponsored: 327
§  Unsponsored: 233
§  Total: 560
§  Memorandum to Deputy Minister from Assistant Deputy Minister (Immigration).  January 21, 1966.
o    “Forthcoming Canada – West Indies Conference.”
§  States Canadian immigration law is not “racially biased” but admits that they do concentrate most of their immigration offices in the US and Europe.
§  Since 1962 they have varied the racial selection of immigrants, but “have proceeded with some caution in order to avoid a too-rapid rate of change which might result in adverse reaction by the Canadian public which in turn could weaken the whole concept of a universal non-discriminatory policy.”
§  “The repeated West Indian charge that Canadian immigration policies are racially discriminatory is a convenient screen for their real objective, namely a preferred place in our policies under which we would relax our selection standards and take large numbers of their unskilled and surplus population.  The West Indians must realize that this is out of the question.”
§  Canadians accusing West Indians of using the very real fact of Canadian racialization of their immigration policy.  CDN Gov saying that West Indians simply want Canada to take its unskilled surplus population.  The Deputy Minister must stand down from his defensive stance and not turn and realize that there was substantial legal and legislated evidence substantiating the West Indians claim of racial discrimination in Canadian immigration policy.