Wearing an hijab and being a target

by Sarah Lessard on Octobre 28, 2014 - 4:45pm



The article Shinning a light on racism is important despite giving perpetrators attention by Terry Elkary posted on the website Global Toronto on October 13th, describes how Munika Abukar has been a victim of racism during her electoral campaign in Toronto against Rob Ford. This woman has arab origins and wears an hijab on her electoral signs. Some of her signs were vandalized close to her office and some people wrote ‘’go back home’’ due to her ethnicity. Ever since the incident occurred, she received many posts on Twitter, almost 4,000, offering support and encouragement. People even started to spread the new hashtag #IStandWithMunika to raise awareness on what happened. Even though she received support from the population, she shared that she was shocked, disappointed and angry, but not for herself but for her parents because they are worried for her. Also, Munika Abukar stated that she does not want to focus on the vandalized signs because she would crave and feed her perpetrators with the attention that they want. An expert in the field believes that it is important to share the racist acts as an important practical purpose.


Even though the majority of the people living in Canada strongly believe that their country opens its arms to immigrants, Munika Abukar’s case proves that they are wrong. Racism is present among the Canadian population even though a lot of people deny it. Most of them do not want to be ruled by non-white people and are afraid of what could happen if it were the case. Even though Munika Abukar has an arab name and wears a hijab, it does not mean that she does not share the same values and priorities as any other white Canadian. It also does not mean that she could not be an potential mayoress. The people who wrote ‘’go back home’’ concluded that she comes from another country and that she immigrated here because of her physic but her and her family might be born here. I think that this incident supports the fact that people vote on appearance instead of the promises that politicians make and this has become an important issue in our modern society. She was clearly a victim of radicalization because the ones who vandalized her signs assume that she has different values and her way of seeing the future differs due to her religion. Furthermore, I agree with the reaction that Munika had towards her perpetrators. Giving them attention is what initially drove them to commit that act therefore she does not want to feed them with media’s attention. However, in other hands I disagree because she needs to denunciate those racist acts in order to generate changes in society today. One of the strengths in the article is that it is supported by people with great fame such as Olivia Chow, who is also a candidate in the run to becoming the next mayoress of Toronto. Chow describes this act as unacceptable and she explains that she is proud of her diverse city. Also, there are some references to other well-known people who have been victims of racism. To conclude, I think that this is a strong and well-explained article that supports the fact that even though we think that there is no racism in Canada, there is indeed and it is omnipresent in our modern society. 



Elkady, T. (2014, October 13). Shinning a light on racism is important, despite giving perpetrators attention. Retrieved October 27, 2014 from http://globalnews.ca/news/1612390/shining-a-light-on-racism-is-important...