The Chinese Canadian Community Can't Fight Racism With Islamophobia - 2018-02-13
Backlash to the false report was swift and virulent. Conservative media outlets, such as Rebel News, were quick to label the event as the "Hijab Hoax," which caught on with its own hashtag on social media. Some even went as far as to suggest the mother of the girl should be criminally charged.
Within the Chinese Canadian community, however, something equally problematic was happening. Certain elements in the community zeroed in on the girl's allegation of an "Asian man" as the perpetrator of the assault. Despite no further identification of the perpetrator as Chinese, the tenuous link was being made that somehow public condemnation of the alleged hate crime by elected officials was an attack on Chinese Canadians.
Despite the dangerous and questionable logic of this position, the "Hijab hoax targets Chinese Canadians" narrative caught on like wildfire within certain parts of the Chinese community. It led to street protests in cities all over Canada such as Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Vancouver.