You must be careful about the extent to which black Europeans will be affected. Non-white EC nationals and some of the more than eight million black, non-EC nationals legally resident in the European Community are increasingly checked more thoroughly at airports, despite having perfectly valid EC passports. I know this happens - as a black British citizen I have been detained at two European airports, once in Luxembourg because it was suspected that I was carrying a false British passport.
How easy it would be for any one of the EC's legally resident black citizens to be checked and harassed, and, most importantly, to fear harassment, because they carry a form of ID that can be demanded by an EC police officer or customs official. When white Europeans talk about ID cards I wonder if they understand the humiliation that black Europeans may face in a Europe that boasts free movement but may in reality be less free for some.
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
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