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“The evidence is clear. Islamophobia is an acute threat to Canadian Muslims and urgent action is needed,” says committee chair Sen. Salma Ataullahjan.
by Brad Salzberg
November 2, 2023
“Senate Report On Islamophobia Says Urgent Action Needed To Reverse Rising Tide Of Hate”
November 2nd, 2023: “Human rights committee report took a year, involved 21 public meetings and 138 witnesses.”
At a risk of overt sarcasm, you could take 8 years, involve 188 meetings, and call 1388 witnesses, and it won’t make a bit of difference.
Call it a misplacement of responsibility. What “anti-racists” want is for the attitudes of the general public to change, when what is needed is change from government, media and academia regarding racism in Canada.
“The evidence is clear. Islamophobia is an acute threat to Canadian Muslims and urgent action is needed,” Sen. Salma Ataullahjan, chair of the Senate human rights committee, told reporters Thursday.
“We must commit to building a more inclusive country and to better promoting our Muslim relatives and friends, neighbours and colleagues.”
And how to proceed, Ms. Ataullahjan? Why not go directly to those who shape public perception on racial issues in society? While your at it, Salma, try asking yourself whether CBC, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail and Montreal Gazette have made your problems worse, as opposed to working to minimize social conflict.
But you won’t. Instead, the goal is to re-orient the thinking of non-Muslims by, as you say, “better promoting our Muslim relatives and friends.”
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