Black United States draft dodgers and deserters who claim that existing organisations in Canada are giving priority assistance to white war resisters, have nor formed their own aid group...
GV INTERIOR..Negro draft dodgers home
SV Portrait of Frederick Douglas
SV Portrait of Martin Luther King
SV Poster for sale of slaves
SV Family eating
CU Candle burning
LV Family on veranda
SV Reporter talking to draft dodgers
GV & SV Negro draft dodgers in Toronto street (7 shots)
CU Negro talking to White girl and REAR V..Negro couple
SCU Draft dodger talking to reporter SOUND ON FILM
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 11: DRAFT DODGER: But canada is a, is a, very racist, racist, type of country. You can see this in housing, you can see it in jobs, you can see it in almost every contact that a black person has with this society, he finds racism and discrimination and prejudice.
INTERVIEWER: Would you advise other black war resisters to come to Canada?
DRAFT DODGER: No, I wouldn't. I would say to other black brothers who are considering coming up to Canada to if at all possible find every reasonable, or every means to say in the United States, whether that mean legal or illegal means to avoid the draft, but I would say because of the cultural shock of Canada and because of the isolation, a brother has a very difficult time of surviving mentally and of surviving physically in Canada.
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Background: Black United States draft dodgers and deserters who claim that existing organisations in Canada are giving priority assistance to white war resisters, have nor formed their own aid group...the Black Refugee Organisation with its headquarters established in Toronto.
There are more than 300 black draft dodgers or Black War resisters, as they prefer to be called, living in Toronto. The majority of them live in black neighbour Hoods and keep close contact with each other.
Most of the Black war resister know very little about Canada before crossing the border. They were informed in America to head for toronto where there is a larger black community and no language problem, but upon arrival they found other problems.
The first, and major problem found by the Black war resisters is the apparent lack of a real black community of the type they'd grown accustomed to in the United States, a situation which has led to the feeling of isolation. Secondly, the resisters have complained about the lack of assistance from the Toronto anti-draft board, a complaint which has led to the forming of the Black Refugees Organisation.
At the Organisation's headquarters near the underground railroad in toronto, once the freedom route for runaway slaves, black war resisters gather to eat their own king of food, listen to music of the soul and tell the stories of Black leaders Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King.
Although most Black war resisters are reluctant to discuss their problems publically, they are not reluctant in taking a very active role in the Black Canadian communities.