BY The Western JournalMay 3, 2022
2 years ago

Woke Vancouver Mayor Takes Stand Against Attack on Mosque... Carried Out by Muslim Teens

As Ramadan worshippers were leaving a Surrey, British Columbia, mosque last Wednesday night, a car sped by and threw a substance, which turned out to be water, at them.

Shortly afterward, the vehicle returned and "repeatedly feigned trying to run the congregants over," according to Vancouver City News.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police immediately began an investigation into this anti-Islam attack.

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart condemned the attack in a Twitter post. He wrote that he "stands with our neighbours from Surrey's Jamia Masjid Mosque. Islamophobia, racism, and hatred must be called out and stamped out."

The National Council of Canadian Muslims posted a series of tweets decrying the attack. In the first, they included a letter from the British Columbian Muslim Association.

The group was "gravely concerned" over the attack. The letter referenced a "hate-motivated" incident that had occurred in London, Ontario, last summer. An individual driving a truck had deliberately struck and killed a Muslim family.

The clip below shows the car returning.

The NCCM tweets continued.

In another, the group acknowledged the police hadn't identified the suspects yet, but claimed the incident should be "investigated as potentially hate motivated" anyway.

Outrage over this act of hate and expressions of solidarity with the Muslim community reached a fever pitch.

Until ... the RCMP determined that the perpetrators were members of the Muslim community themselves.

The Vancouver Sun reported the RCMP had concluded the incident had not been a racially motivated hate crime. In a Saturday news release, the RCMP stated: “The investigation found that this was not a racially motivated hate crime. All occupants of the suspect vehicle were teenagers who are part of the Muslim community.”

With zero evidence one way or the other, everyone involved had immediately jumped to the conclusion this was a hate crime.

The mayor, above all others, should have reserved judgment until the RCMP had completed their investigation. Yet he immediately took to Twitter to denounce those who committed this "terrifying," Islamophobic act.


His premature condemnation was both dangerous and foolish. His unwise tweet no doubt stoked racial tensions in the city. It also perpetuated the lie that the West is wildly intolerant and racist, and set the stage for reprisals.

Additionally, the more often crimes are initially thought to be hate-related, then turn out not to be, the more likely those originally blamed for the (fake) hate will begin to dismiss the idea that hate is worth worrying about. Or worse, that maybe hate is justified.

These fools are poking the stick of imagined racism at the slumbering giant of actual racism. And if they awaken it, we're all in for a very, very, very horrible lesson in what racializing everything does.

The Western Journal contacted Mayor Stewart's office for a comment but has not yet received a reply.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: The Western Journal



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