In a recent Statistics Canada report, it said that hate crimes that police reported has increased by 42 per cent in 2009. The report states that 54 per cent of the crimes were motivated by a person or group’s ethnicity, 29 per cent was motivated by religion, and 13 per cent was motivated by sexual orientation.
The report stated that the greatest increases in crimes were motivated by religion – which jumped 55 per cent. 70 per cent of those reported were hate crimes pitted against Jewish people with 283 incidences reported.
There was an increase of 10 incidences reported where Muslims were the motivation, in which there were 36 incidents reported. For Catholics, there were 33 incidents reported.
Police reported that hate crimes motivated by ethnicity has increased in all categories in 2009. The largest increase in hate crimes was against Arab people, which jumped from 37 reported incidents to 75. And that number doesn’t even compare to the incidents that involved black people. With 272 incidents in 2009, black people are the most victimized by these crimes.
Hate crimes are, as Sikhnet.com defines them to be “criminal acts–such as vandalism, arson, assault, or murder–committed against someone because of his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, age, or gender. In a hate crime, the person is selected because of a characteristic that he or she cannot change.”
Stats Canada stated that, “Rates of hate crime tended to be highest among youth and young adults for both victims and accused.”
My take on this is that these crimes were spawned from ignorance in the youth/young adult, in which it could have been produced by the media through the forms of music, propaganda news, movies, and/or television shows. It could have also been produced by parents or close adults through their actions/behaviours in interaction with the minority groups.
The report also noted that there were 4 areas which depicted the majority of the study or has the most increases in crimes. These cities are Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo.
For the full report, please go to the following site: Police-reported hate crimes
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