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Inuit getting caught up in anti-Asian hate crimes in Montreal, advocates say – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 202067 Views

April 14, 2020

As advocates continue to condemn a reported rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in Montreal, Inuit living in the city are also alleging harassment by strangers in the era of COVID-19.

“Inuit people are often mistaken for Asians, and they may be as well the target of anti-Asian hate,” explained Fo Niemi, Executive Director of the Montreal-based Centre for Research Action on Race Relations (CRARR).

“It’s all about scapegoating. People need a target to unload on to because of their insecurity, paranoia – and in some cases, just plain racism,” Niemi added.

The issue of anti-Asian hate crimes was even acknowledged by the province’s Human Rights Commission earlier this month.

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