Nobody is free if we let hate go unchallenged

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has been watching the events of the past weeks unfold across the country with grave concern. Aggression, intimidation and assault are not part of peaceful protest.

Brazenly displaying symbols of hatred and white supremacy is a threat to our democracy and our peace and prosperity. Dismissing or downplaying white supremacist rhetoric or hate in any form is reprehensible.

Hate has no place in a free and democratic society. Hate is dangerous. Hate shuts down debate. Hate dehumanizes people and promotes fear and division. Hate has devastating consequences.

The hate-fueled aggression levelled at citizens, on the streets, in their neighbourhoods, on their doorstep and online runs counter to our values and our laws.

Nobody should fear for their safety because of who they are, who they love or what they believe.

We stand with everyone who feels unsafe or who is struggling with grief, anger and anxiety as a result of experiencing hate in their communities.

In Canada, just as in any other country in the world, our rights are at risk when we are complacent.

We all have a responsibility to shut down hate and to call out those who support it. We must come together to denounce the unacceptable behaviour.

Nobody is free if we let hate go unchallenged. We must raise our voices and silence the voices of hate.


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