Since the revelation that the assault of a Muslim woman in a London, Ont. grocery store this summer was not a hate crime, national media don’t seem interested in the story.
Earlier this year, I revealed that the woman charged with assault after a Muslim mother was allegedly spat on and had her hijab removed, was a Farsi-speaking immigrant with mental health issues—not a clear-cut portrait of a racist Islamophobe, as coverage of the story by mainstream press made her out to be.
Last week, the case was put on hold after the accused was deemed not mentally fit to stand trial. The case has been turned over to a review board, which will decide when—if ever—she is of sound mind to continue.
At a prior court date, the woman was not in attendance as she had been involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility.
But even with this knowledge out there, people have insisted upon characterizing this story as something other than what the facts show.
National Council of Canadian Muslims spokesperson Amira Elghawaby said Donald Trump was to blame for anti-Islamic incidents.
“The fact that he is allowed to say these things and being provided a very large platform may give people license to share those bigoted and racist sentiments and perhaps act on those sentiments,” Elghawaby told Global News.
Other media outlets have continued to cite this case as an evidentiary point of Islamophobia in Canada.
A mentally disturbed woman got into a scrap with a stranger at a grocery store—but that headline won’t sell papers.