There’s been a spate of hate literature posted up at Canadian Universities, and now a pretty ugly anti Muslim sheet has been dropped in a number of mailboxes in Mill Woods.
Amin Halawry was one of the people to receive a letter her says descriminates against the Muslim community, but he says this is the first time he’s experienced this in Canada.
“I never felt anything like, ‘Oh you are Muslim’ or ‘You’re not Muslim or this and that’. Everybody in this country, I think it’s respect each other and that’s the humanity. That’s the goal. If you respect me the way I am who cares you are Muslim or Christian,” said Halawry.
Edmonton City Councillor Mike Nickel says he’s appalled by what happened in Millwoods.
“It’s bigotry in its worst form and its intolerance in its worst form and that’s not a Canadian value. And so we stand up, we fight, I speak up, other politicians will speak up, community leaders need to speak up, and we need to educate. Just keep on digging that ditch I guess.”
Kaitlin Lauridsen with the Centre for Race and Culture says it’s hard to say exactly what’s led to this spike in discriminatory literature.
“It can be brought up from rhetoric within the United States, hearing a lot more public discussions, sort of public outcry around racism et cetera, so sometimes people feel more comfortable expressing those views”
Lauridsen adds public discourse during the Canadian Federal Election may also have contributed to the expression of bigoted ideas.
People often times just don’t know how to respond to these bigoted messages, “or where to go for support, and I think that’s something we need to work on as a community. How do we support individuals who experience incidents of this? It was great to see the Sikh community’s response to posters in their community they really took the educational approach to learn more about Sikhism.”
She says these expressions of bigotry can make members of the targeted community feel marginalized and threatened.