Racist White Canadians attack a black Canadian on video.

Three white Canadian men attacked a black Canadian man while shouting the n-word and threatening him with lynching. An unknown person has uploaded a video of the assault on to YouTube. The attack occurred in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada on Friday, July 3, 2009.

Apparent B.C. hate crime attack posted on YouTube (CBC News):

One man has been arrested and more arrests are expected, RCMP say, following a vicious assault in Courtenay, B.C., that police believe was racially motivated.

Jay Phillips was attacked Friday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant by three young men. A video of the incident posted on YouTube shows Phillips, 38, fighting back as he’s surrounded by the trio. It’s not known who shot the video or posted it on the website.

Phillips, who is black, said the attack was unprovoked.

He said a truckload of men drove by and started shouting racial epithets. “We’re going to kill you, we’re going to lynch you — really vile stuff.”

Phillips said the three men, who appear to be in their early 20s, circled back and confronted him.

The men “got out of the truck, surrounded me, still calling me names, threatening me, threatening my family, saying this is our white town and you’re not allowed here — stuff like that.

“Then they all came at me and surrounded me.”

In a news release issued Monday, police said they are reviewing video evidence and questioning witnesses, but preliminary investigation indicates there may have been a racial element in the incident.

Phillips, who said he’s the target of racism on almost a daily basis, said he felt compelled to report this incident to police.

“There’s a lot of young kids of different races in this town and they may not have been as fortunate as me and I’d like to take care of these kids,” he said.

“I think everyone should be allowed to walk down the street with their head held up and proud of who they are. Everybody.”

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23 Responses to “Racist White Canadians attack a black Canadian on video.”

  1. bint alshamsa Says:

    I’m just so glad that this was caught on tape. That is the only way that this guy has a chance at getting some justice. How sad and angry this makes me!

  2. Maysie Says:

    Thanks for posting this, Restructure. Good for Phillips for fighting back and thanks to the anonymous videographer (who I hope is the one who called the cops).

    As for the cops: whatever. It “may” be a hate crime. :rolleyes: Not surprising to hear that from them, but come on!

    Very sad, frustrating and enraging at how often this goes on.

  3. Restructure! Says:

    The part of the article that says “there may have been a racial element in the incident” is funny to me for its understatement.

  4. bint alshamsa Says:

    Isn’t it funny how it took three of them together before they’d even got up the nerve to hit him? Every time Phillips got in a lick, I was glad for him. I HATE bullies. They are all cowards.

  5. Restructure! Says:

    Three people charged.

    RCMP Const. Tammy Douglas said there are indications the attack was racially motivated and the Mounties have asked their hate crime team to look into it.

    It is, however, being treated as an isolated incident and will not be labelled a hate crime until all the evidence is in.

    “We don’t believe these people are white supremacists or have those sorts of affiliations,” RCMP Insp. Tom Gray told reporters on Tuesday.


    Phillips suffered cuts and bruised ribs when the trio got him to the ground.

    But his background in mixed martial arts made him more than a match for his attackers.

    Phillips said he hoped news of the attack would benefit others in the community.

    “I don’t want this to happen to anybody — anybody,” Phillips said.

    “There’s a lot of native people here, a lot of Asian people here. Nobody should have to go through this.”

  6. Monica Roberts Says:

    What if they had attacked somebody who didn’t have a background in mixed martial arts?

    Would have probably been a different result

  7. Jason Says:

    I can’t believe that things like these are still happening in our daily life. Are you kidding me, it ‘may’ be a hate crime? Three white guys against one black fellow, that’s not a hate crime! Those three should be dealt with… They should see how it feels, assholes. I watched the video at work and started yelling at my screen untill one of my co-workers asked what was wrong, I hate this stuff it REALLY bothers me. I thought we as a society were past this stuff, guess not. I really hope that they get what is coming to them.

  8. Hester Sukai Says:

    I love Vancouver and yes there still racism I find that it is more subtle now I think it has to do with the amount of visable minorities living within metropolitian area of vancouver,as business person I can’t depend on one group of the population demographics to put food on the table for my family I just can’t,It is just impossible especially if you live in downtown vancouver,I have to look at the people that walk into my store as the same shade of the color green.

    Word travels fast within these ethinic communities on how they were treated,sorry for rambling but alot has changed within the last twenty years or so.

    The further away you get from vancouver is when the racism is more overt,some towns within BC are not all like courtney,Prince Rupert comes to mind but there too there is quite a few visable minorities from first nations to surpisingly large punjabi community and if there is racism there it is probably really subtle too like the way it is in Vancouver.

  9. Lxy Says:

    The ending of that video was almost funny in a pathetic ways.

    Those three White guys drive off in their pickup truck, beating their chests and almost “celebrating” to themselves: Yeah!!! We picked on a black guy that we had outnumbered 3 to 1 … and we still managed to fight him to a draw! Fear us!

  10. davitacuttita Says:

    I was at work teaching computer lessons with a (really nice White) client and I asked them to navigate the internet browser to the yahoo homepage and this was the FIRST thing there.

    Talk about awkward. We both just sat there for half an hour and had an in-depth discussion on race relations.

    I do not think there is a word or prayer to express my gratitude that this was all caught on tape and mounted for the whole damn world to see. I also LOL’d when the Black guy threw one of his White attackers. See that racists? Don’t fuck with us.

  11. Restructure! Says:


    What kind of discussion did you have about race relations?

    Between this and the Keswick incident, I’m thinking that every Canadian of colour needs to learn martial arts.

  12. LorMarie Says:

    If Canada is anything like the US, one could probably make 10 videos showing black on black violence for every one video containing white on black violence. Yet, there is always more outrage when it’s the latter. Until there is outrage at black on black crime, I’m not moved by racially motivated crimes. They pale in comparison to what black citizens face from black criminals.

  13. Renee Says:

    And we claim that racially based violence only happens in the US. I watched this video in absolute horror. I knew that if they ever got him off his feet he was in trouble and that clearly proved to be the case. These racist cowards always look for someone that they believe is vulnerable and then they attack.
    There is no doubt that this crime was racially motivated if the men were using racial slurs. Why don’t we simply call an action what it is? White Canadians may be able to deny the racism but those of us that are of color know the truth from our everyday lived experience.

  14. John Says:

    It’s funny, when Whites go to small towns anywhere around the ethnic world, they are treated like rock stars.

  15. Brad Says:

    What about all the anti-white racism that goes on in metro-Vancouver? Where are the news stories about that?

    What about the white kids who get jumped by groups of “minorities”? Oh that’s right, only the white race is capable of racism or hate crimes.

    Try growing up in a school system that is 95% non-white and be called whitey, white shit, cracker everyday for 12 years and then have the councilor and principals call you a liar and that those poor non-whites are just trying to find their place in society. Where is my national news story?

    The biggest thing that I have noticed is that the children of immigrants reject white culture and rarely ever integrate and think that they are better than the white man who owes them everything.

  16. blackinalberta Says:

    I’m sorry that you were mistreated for 12 years Brad. I’m sure you can empathize with the pain of being discriminated against based on a factor you couldn’t change.

    I’m not sure that I’d be as strong as you, I most likely would have tried to transfer schools. If I were like you….Actually it wouldn’t have made a difference I have no ability to “transfer” out of my blackness no matter where I go. As a matter of fact I wouldn’t do so for the world.

    Where is your national story? Some stories are automatically picked up but if a major injustice was done to you why didn’t you approach the media?

    I’m amused how many people use the “it happened to me too” argument to discredit the experiences of people of color.

    I’ll use the same lame argument. I was picked on in school too. Get over it…children are cruel.

    Furthermore the man in the video was PHYSICALLY ATTACKED BY NUMEROUS MEN. How does that compare to you being called “white shit”?

    It comes down to discrimination is painful period.

  17. Kathy Says:

    Brad, you say:

    “The biggest thing that I have noticed is that the children of immigrants reject white culture and rarely ever integrate and think that they are better than the white man who owes them everything. ”

    “the white man who owes them everything

    Brad, what I am thinking is that your supremacy attitude probably showed in a lot of ways you weren’t even aware of, for some reason, I don’t totally believe your version of how things happened. Just saying.

  18. Lxy Says:

    Brad is an example of a phenomenon that you will increasingly see White apologists of all stripes use in the future: White racial victimology.

    These people attempt to minimize or deflect blame from White racist assaults against racial minorities by claiming (honestly or not) to being the victims of racial minorities.

    In effect, the oppressor now claims to be oppressed.

    This is a tactic and trend that manifests itself from the so-called White Rights crusades of David Duke and the KKK to more respectable mainstream agitation against Affirmative Action.

    White Supremacy in the 21st century will be much more sophisticated and cunning in its guises, but the agenda will always remain the same: maintaining and defending White power and dominance by hook or by crook.

    This is White Supremacy 2.0

  19. rhinomu@yahoo.com Says:

    I showed this to my Dad who was a victim in 1980`s in Vancouver, BC and he was shocked.
    It`s 21st century come on people..! i`m suprised some people, i mean some people still that kind of hate..
    No wonder my dad moved us back to Hong Kong.
    Shame on these people.

  20. Fernando Says:

    The whole “It MAY be racially motivated” part, despite all your insane grumblings is just legality. It hasn’t actually been proven in a court of law that this attack actually was racially motivated. Until that is so, the police can only say it “MAY” be racially motivated.

    It seems that some people would rather have a “guilty until proven innocent” type of system. Let a court examine the video evidence and hand out its conviction. No need for tears and emotions and irrational grumblings that ALL white Canadians are like these people.

  21. Restructure! Says:

    Then why don’t they say “may have been attacked”, since that’s up for the court to decide too?

  22. Jack Says:

    There are an estimated 1.5 million Black men in prison and another 3.5 million on probation. Black males make up more than 70 percent of the total prison population, even though they make up only 6 percent of the U.S. population.

    Although blacks are 12% of the population in reality it is just 2% of the blacks that commit 50% of the murders and a greater percentage of other crimes. Consider: black females – 6%. Blacks from zero yrs. to 12 yrs. and black males from 50-100 years commit an infinitesimal percentage of the crimes. Therefore we are left with two percent. If we eliminate crimes committed by this two percent from the U.S. statistics our country compares very favorably with all Western countries. Fact — blacks kill 7 times more than whites kill. Fact — blacks kill whites 20 times more than whites kill blacks. Fact — blacks mug or commit group crime against whites 50 times more than whites commit against blacks. Fact — blacks rape white women 2000 (yes 2000) times more than whites rape black women. In New York City, about 300 white women are raped by blacks every year BUT there has not been a black woman raped by a white male in anybody¢s memory (going back over 20 yrs.) Consider: Al Sharpton had to go upstate New York to find a hoax and that was almost 20 years ago. (Source NYT 4/22/05)

    According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics 2004 report (released May 2006), blacks commit 54 percent of the homicides in America even though they constitute only 12 percent of the population.

    An individual black male is seven times more likely to commit murder than an individual white male. It so happens that black felons commit 43 percent of aggravated assaults, 66 percent of armed robberies, 27 percent of rapes and 85 percent of interracial crimes of violence, mainly against whites (this last figure from a Justice Department report 2003). However, it’s not just in the United States. The greatest dicators in recent years have emerged in Africa. People like Idi Amin of Uganda, Hastings Kamuzu Banda in Malawi, Mobutu Sese Seko, in Zaire, self-anointed Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Republic, Mohammed Saidi Barre in Somalia, Sani Abacha of Nigeria, Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe — the list is endless

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