Hate crimes in Canada are on the rise

An article from Reuters by Anna Mehler Paperny should, in my opinion, serve as a warning to Canadian citizens.

Titled “Hate crimes in Canada jump 47 percent in 2017,” I think it’s safe to assume that you get a good idea of the article’s contents when you read the headline.

The 47 per cent increase makes specific reference to hate targeting Muslims, Jewish people, and black people, and comes from figures released by Statistics Canada, the article says.

Out of all three targeted groups, Muslims have been the brunt of increased hated, said Statistic Canada. In 2017, a tragic shooting occurred at a mosque in Quebec, as well as “a government motion to study Islamophobia that itself sparked anti-Muslim sentiment,” the article explains.

Hate crimes have been on the rise in the U.S. for the past three years, specifically in states south of the border.

“The number of hate crimes targeting Muslims more than doubled, rising to 349 from 139. The number of hate crimes targeting black people increased by 50 percent, to 321 from 214. And the number of hate crimes targeting Jewish people increased to 360 from 221.”

These are incredibly alarming findings.

Before reading this article, I was unaware of the number of hate crimes that occur in Canada, let alone how often they are happening. I am fortunate enough to not have to witness these atrocities, however, education and advocacy in these types of situations are crucial in order to attempt to improve the scenario.

This article should serve as not only a warning for Canadians, but further as a reminder. A reminder to do better, to be better, and to be mindful of the terrible situations that are happening frequently that we can make a difference in.

I am proud to be Canadian, as are many others. Let’s ensure that these statistics make a 180.

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