Have you seen the public service announcement regarding the biggest problem facing Canada today according to the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants along with their allies, the Canadian Arab Institute, the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Ontario Human Rights Commission?
Apparently, like Hulkamania in the ’80s, Islamophobia is running wild these days in Canada!
The scene of ice-skating Muslims doing their best to fit in with the native-born Canadians, is of course a complete dramatization, and nobody really painted a “Muslims Go Home” slur on a garage door but I’ll give them a pass on this since all public service announcements use dramatization to hammer home a point.
What I can’t let pass however, are some of the details in the press release that accompanied the announcement of the anti-Islamophobia campaign.
Debbie Douglas, executive director at Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, points to supposedly bona fide examples of REAL Islamophobia in Canada – an act of arson at a mosque in Peterborough, Ontario and a hijab-wearing woman attacked in London, Ontario.
Why the focus on bogus Islamophobia in the first place? Could it be the background of the people at the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants? Waspish-sounding executive director aside, look at the names of the rest of the executives.
Does it seem like there’s a certain contingent here that might be overrepresented?
Enjoy being educated about Islamophobia by way of fake dramatizations and fake facts courtesy of agencies with a vested interest in creating a fake narrative of a fake problem.
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