Reported hate crimes jumped across Nova Scotia in 2020, most involving race

Reported hate crimes jumped across Nova Scotia in 2020, most involving race

Numbers show 41 of the 55 reported hate crimes were motivated by race, ethnicity

Reported hate crimes in Nova Scotia saw a major spike in 2020, mostly driven by incidents involving race, pointing to what many people of colour have said is a longstanding reality in the province. Statistics Canada released new data last week on police-reported hate crimes across the country for 2020. Rates of hate crimes per 100,000 people increased in Nova Scotia by 70%, the steepest rise in Canada. "My reaction is sort of twofold, you know — concerned on one end, but perhaps less surprised on the other," said Timothy Bryan, an assistant sociology professor at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus who examines hate crimes, police responses and racism as part of his work. Of the 41 hate crimes involving race in Nova Scotia, Statistics Canada provided more specific detail in an email to CBC. Most targeted Black people (13), while the next highest category of nine incidents involved "other" race or ethnicity. That grouping included crimes targeting more than one race or ethnic group, or a person who was not of Black, white, Asian or Indigenous background. Throughout the history of Nova Scotia there have been "deep seated issues and concerns" of various forms of racism, especially anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, said Bryan, who has lived in Halifax and taught at Dalhousie University. The numbers provide a "concrete reality" that cannot be denied, Bryan said, which is valuable for marginalized groups that have not always been believed when talking about first-hand experiences. With data like this, Bryan said the conversation can move away from questioning whether racist hate crimes exist, to looking at how the province can respond to it, better support victims, and create societies ultimately free from hate. 

 

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/hate-crimes-jump-in-nova-scotia-motivated-race-1.6394586

 


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