`Hate crimes' label sought for assaults
Sep 27, 2007 04:30 AM
Community groups and anti-racism advocates are calling for police and politicians to address a series of assaults against Asian-Canadians as hate crimes.
They plan to make the demand at a press conference this morning in response to an article in yesterday's Star, which revealed a disturbing practice happening around the small town of Sutton on Lake Simcoe.
Locals have dubbed it "nippertipping" and say it's been going on for years.
Avvy Go, a lawyer with the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, said the goal of today's press conference is to get police to do their job.
Avy Go never misses a chance to paint Chinese Canadians as victims of discrimination and racism. It's her raison d'etre and its how she makes her living. Yet the Chinese community is one of the worst offenders when it comes to racism and discrimination in Canada. I'm sure Avy Go knows this and you don't need a study to prove this either. You just need enough exposure to Chinese immigrants to realize this. Some immigrant groups invite negative attention and the Chinese community is no exception but this does not justify physical assault like those that happened in Sutton, Ontario. Well, they were just pushed into the water but even so.
Calling it a "hate crime" is going too far. The police have stated that people of other racial backgrounds, including white, have filed complaints. Maybe Avvy Go didn't get that far in the Toronto Star article preferring the "whites are racists" slant. If she is going to start calling people racists she better get her facts straight. After all, isn't that libel?