Many people agree 2016 was a letdown and Donald Trump elected President really takes the cake. Trump promoted racism and many videos covering his campaign showed loud, violent supporters who threatened minorities. As a result of his victory, minorities now fear for their lives.

But this is Canada and here in Canada, we don’t have to worry since we’re Canadians; we’re always nice, tolerant and we celebrate multiculturalism. And yet we see anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant graffiti all over Toronto. Even though President-elect Donald Trump’s win unleashed a new wave of racism, it was always there, even for polite Canadians.

Hate-crime and racism have always been under the surface; events such as the Paris bombing, ISIS attacks as well as the radicalization of Canadians prove racism was there before Trump’s victory.

First of all, before Trump was elected, hate crimes against Muslims in Canada had increased. From 2012 to 2014, cases of hate crime against Muslims reported to police have increased from 45 to 99 cases, according to Statistics Canada. While overall hate crime decreased, a sudden jump in crimes against Muslims shouldn’t be ignored. In November of 2015, a mosque in Peterborough was set on fire, a Ram Dham Hindu Temple in Kitchener was vandalised, and a Muslim woman was beaten and robbed outside of her kid’s school by two white men.

These incidents and more happened directly after the bombing in Paris on November 15th in 2015. The coordinated attacks on Paris by ISIS left around 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. Many people relate ISIS to Islam, and as a result, people held the Islam religion responsible instead of ISIS. To those who committed hate-crimes against Muslims, it feels more like a retaliation than a hate-crime.

It is evident fear of attacks create preemptive responses. In response to crimes committed by radicalised individuals, everyday people lash out against Muslims as a form of revenge.

Cases of Canadians joining ISIS after converting to Islam and becoming radicalised have dominated the media. John “Yahya” Maguire, a former student of Ottawa University also known as “Jihad John” went to Syria to join ISIS. He posted a video online to encourage other Muslim Canadians to attack Canada from within. So now we have this lurking fear of not knowing who will join ISIS next and because of the misguided idea ISIS is part of Islam, Muslim Canadians are often the scapegoat of that fear.

These cases of ‘radicalization’ instill fear in others as do the many not listed here. So again, Canadians that attacked Muslim Canadians here in our country, believe retaliation to the horrors done by ISIS is justified be it for revenge or protection. They’re not. They are hateful and serve only to hurt the innocent and can lead to more Muslim becoming radicalised.

So even though it may seem as if Trump’s victory triggered hate crimes, the reality is racism is an ongoing issue, and terrorism acts such as the Paris bombings and the radicalization of Canadians are what lead to hate crimes.

But as Canadians, we love our home and we want to protect it. And we can. We can protect what we love by upholding Canada’s ideals of multiculturalism.

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