Survey: 1 in 2 minority Canadians have experienced online racism
March 27, 2021
By Vancouver Sun |
Noor Fadel says most people assume that the night she was attacked by a racist man on a SkyTrain in Vancouver in 2017 was the worst night of her life.
In fact, the nights that followed were even more harrowing, as her social-media post about the assault went viral and she received a torrent of hateful and threatening messages.
“People think that hiding behind a screen and saying something won’t have an impact. It does. It has a huge impact on people,” she said. “That one message that you may think could not hurt someone, it’s just a simple message, it can actually be the message to ruin someone’s entire day, if not someone’s life.”
Fadel, 22, is sharing her story in support of a campaign launched by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and YWCA Canada to highlight the consequences of social-media hate.
The #BlockHate campaign coincides with an unrelated survey by the Association for Canadian Studies, which sheds new light on racism in Canada both online and offline.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Sunday, the association commissioned Leger Marketing to ask Canadians about their views on racism.
The survey found that seven in 10 respondents are worried about the degree of racism in the country, a concern held by three in four participating women and people between 18 and 34.