Jay Phillips Fights Attackers in Racial Attack in Courtenay, BC
Three men have been charged with assault after a racially motivated attack on a black man in Courtenay BC was caught on video and posted to YouTube.
The video shows three white men attack a black man while shouting racial slurs. The black man, Jay Phillips, is beat to the ground by the three men but manages to get up and defend himself escaping with only a few stitches and some bruises.
They were yelling “ ‘we're gonna lynch you, we're gonna kill you, get out of our effing town.' I'd never seen these guys before in my life,” said Mr. Phillips, who describes himself as half-black and half-white.
“So I called back ‘eff you too.' They turned the truck around and got out and surrounded me with their fists up.”
“They were saying ‘this is a white town and you and your whole race aren't welcome here.' ”
Philips has encountered racial discrimination before:
He said he remembered being four years old in preschool and his teacher telling him to shut up, using a racial epithet.
“From that moment on, I was changed,” he said.
“My mother went and broke that teacher's nose.”
The video is chilling and raises questions about the facade of open multiculturalism that Canadians claim to embrace. How does something like this happen in Canada in broad daylight in the middle of the street?