ha ha ha!! Finally some discussion. Yep, it is COLD y'all.. but ya know what, Chicago's colder (it's on the lake!)
Here's the deal. There are all races in the big, truly racially mixed cities, of which there are only three:
Montreal: 3.8 million
Toronto: 8 million (used to be 5.5, but now they include
everything..i figure it's around Houston's size)
Vancouver: 2.5 Million
In these three cities, you can find every nation of the world present. I don't know what yer talkin about with the murder rate.. it is not high, but it's a lot higher than what y'all are saying. I just remeber the number 365, I dunno if that's in Montreal, the province of Quebec, or nationwide.
I'll tell you there's nowhere to feel more safe in the world, in terms of proportionate with population. You will not get into anything, unless you want to. The number of carjacks are really limited.. there is a lot of parked cars that get robbed though. B & E's (breaking and entering) is prety big.. cuz the rich houses are really unprotected...
But then there's getto shtt which i hate, like my friend with a little baby in the apartment, near walkley in NDG, Montreal (OOOHH.. the bad part!! ha!), she doesn't even have a phone. they came in by the fireescapewindow when she was by herslef, put a gun to her head, n stole the microwave n the TV. Was this eally necessary? I hate that cockroach shtt, where ya gonna tief from a young single mom, this girl didn't even have couches or radio. It was obvious that there was no money in the house. N the pawn shops here r really stingy. Solike what? she gets a gun to her head in her new baby's presence for like 40 bucks at the pawn shop?
N that's the ghetto shtt that happens here, regardless of being in canada. Canada is one big victim waiting to happen. You should see how the people who come from nice neighborhoods behave.. they like little bambies walking around with discmans, cameras,wallets. Petty crimes happen more than anything, and usually without a weapon: there's no need! it's not like the guy yer robbin is gonna have a gun or even a knife.
I have to agree that the gun laws play the largest role (it ain't got nothin ta do with the cold, bro!), in the safety felt by most residents. There's a movie called "Bowling for Columbine" that lays out the differences between US n Canada, in terms of guns n violence rates.
PS. one really interesting thing about here is that the architecture / infrastructure is real East Coast. THat means, it's old, the streets are tight n winding, all is apartment buildings squished together.. there are very few abandoned buildings..space is too valuable. You only live in a house if yer rich.. on the outside of the city (suburbia).
Another thing is that the people of color just came to the damn country. It's not like Cali or Texas where if you go into the bush, you still find Chicanos, who have always lived there (since it used 2 b mexico)..
all of these people just came! so outside of the city, it is all white people.. but no one lives outside except farmers + small towns, ya dig? it's all about the cities, which are all within 2 hrs of the US border, cuz the white people of canada came as US fought for independance with England.. what year was that? 1876 or sumthin?
So the 'loyalists' (loyal to the queen) came over and founded Canada as a Dominion or Commonwealth (former territory, but still affiliated with England) , forcing the Amerindians who were still alive to reserves and other horrible shtt.
In the 20's to 40's came the Irish, Polish, Germans, Russian Jews.
40's to 50's the Greeks and Italians.
60's to 80's: English Carribbean (blacks), Asians from all countries
80's to 90's present: India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Syria
90's to present: French Africa, French Carribbean, English Africa, Central Americans (especially Salvadorans), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
former USSR countries & E. Europeans, Middle Eastern Countries.
I swear that up until the mid-sixties, there was no black community in Canada (except in Halifax, Nova Scotia--in the East, on the ocean,
which was the exeption, a place where the underground railroad of escaped and freed slaves came to a couple a hundred years ago.
Today they're called Scotians, n have one of the most unique accents I've ever heard).
This means that the kids callin bloods n crips today, are either born in a foreign country themselves, or their parents were. It's a really different culture. There are no "African Americans" in Canada. There is only immigrant culture because even the people who look white, came from somewhere one or two generations ago.
There are rumors that Bloods n Crips came to Toronto and Montreal to gather forces. Others say they was just runnin from the five-0, n took advantage of an eager population ta organize factions over here.
Others say it's cause stick-ups were so easy (even most banks don't have guards). So supposedly this started happening since 1992. How true is it? How the hell should I know. I do know that nuff crimes do take place by people who don't refer to themselves as any gang. Street gangs here are more kids stuff, tryin ta be bad, n them b the fakaz.. mind u they still do drive-by's n what not. But real deal goes down by folx that don't claim nothin. They just a couple a headz that came together over a spliff ta determine a strategy fer a crime.
The drug running is carried out by soldiers from ethnic communities, holding turf (territory) for the biker gangs. That's the majority. Even those acting independant (Iranians, Jamaicans, Algerians, Asian groups), have ta come ta some sort of agreement with the bikers of the neighborhood. Ya need permission ta do a lot of things.. n this is how partnerships n payoffs r built.
The cops also use deportation ta break down prostitution n drug rings.. the main dealings of organized crime round these here parts.
alright. food fer thought. nuff blabbin fer now. peace
This one's for dem shitstem kids:
Back in the day our parents used to take care of us- Look at em now, they even f_ckin scared of us- Callin the city 4 help cuz they can't maintain- DAMN..Sh_t done changed!