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Are college towns havens for hate?

Canada’s biggest hate-crime capitals are three Ontario university towns


 

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For many, it may come as a shock to find out that Canada’s biggest hate-crime capitals are three Ontario university towns. Kingston, London and Guelph boast the country’s highest rates of police-reported hate crimes, according to Statistics Canada.

But Barbara Perry, a professor and associate dean of social sciences at the University of Ontario Technical Institute in Oshawa, Ont., isn’t that surprised. All three populations have traditionally been homogeneous—white, Christian and English-speaking. And, says Perry, “like many other communities, they’re experiencing a lot of fairly rapid demographic change. These sorts of relatively small cities are struggling to come to grips with these shifts.” Guelph and London tied for first at 8.2 hate crimes per 100,000 citizens in 2008. And Kingston followed with a rate of 7.7 per 100,000. (Among Canada’s 10 biggest cities, Vancouver and Hamilton ranked the highest with a rate of 6.3 per 100,000.)

The presence of post-secondary schools, says Perry, can be a double-edged sword. Although those in university and college towns are likely to be better educated, roughly six out of 10 people charged with hate crimes were between the ages of 12 to 22. “Perhaps the victims themselves are more aware of their rights,” says Perry, “but I also think more youth means more offending.”

Since hate-crimes, which can include crimes motivated by race, religion or sexual orientation, are generally underreported, some experts see a silver lining in a city’s higher rates. Perry says it may have something to do with a greater awareness among citizens. Or, she says, perhaps the police are better trained and more perpetrators are being brought to justice.

For many, it may come as a shock to find out that Canada’s biggest hate-crime capitals are three Ontario university towns. Kingston, London and Guelph boast the country’s highest rates of police-reported hate crimes, according to Statistics Canada.

But Barbara Perry, a professor and associate dean of social sciences at the University of Ontario Technical Institute in Oshawa, Ont., isn’t that surprised. All three populations have traditionally been homogeneous—white, Christian and English-speaking. And, says Perry, “like many other communities, they’re experiencing a lot of fairly rapid demographic change. These sorts of relatively small cities are struggling to come to grips with these shifts.” Guelph and London tied for first at 8.2 hate crimes per 100,000 citizens in 2008. And Kingston followed with a rate of 7.7 per 100,000. (Among Canada’s 10 biggest cities, Vancouver and Hamilton ranked the highest with a rate of 6.3 per 100,000.)

The presence of post-secondary schools, says Perry, can be a double-edged sword. Although those in university and college towns are likely to be better educated, roughly six out of 10 people charged with hate crimes were between the ages of 12 to 22. “Perhaps the victims themselves are more aware of their rights,” says Perry, “but I also think more youth means more offending.”

Since hate-crimes, which can include crimes motivated by race, religion or sexual orientation, are generally underreported, some experts see a silver lining in a city’s higher rates. Perry says it may have something to do with a greater awareness among citizens. Or, she says, perhaps the police are better trained and more perpetrators are being brought to justice. Jane Switzer


 

Are college towns havens for hate?

  1. If I may plug the work of my former advisor and mentor, anthropologist Stanley Barrett (his career was at U of Guleph, funnily enough!), his research on organized racism in Canada ("Is God a Racist?") challenged many assumptions about the makeup of such groups. Education, for example, seemed to have no bearing on one's racialized view of the world.

    It was a very detailed long term work of ethnography, and he's an engaging writer, so I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in the topic (it's a bit dated now, but still worthwhile).

  2. How about the universities produce people looking for a grievance. They are so indoctrinated into Human Rights by their learned institutions that a mere innocent remark will provoke a demand for censorship. Kingston, in fact, has the Queen's University "thought police" going around and instructing those involved in inappropriate comments to be guided to the light.

    • Yes. Don't forget, a failed BA in the job market often becomes a Master's, a failed Master's in the marketplace becomes a PhD candidate, And even we see in Macleans (post under G20 entries) a Phd could become an anarchist professor!. I have observed that undergraduates and post grad could be ever so intelectual and tolerant but despised the "underduated" who didn't get as far as they did in the protected environment of a university. Much realism set in after my masters – a PhD just doesn't have a good cost/benefit ratio in certain areas – except in engineering or manning a university. I think the worst influencves may come from younger teachers in the Arts where the minds have probably never been exercised by real work. It's no wonder they produce intolerant little snots.

    • Quite so Wallhouse. It was well remembered the thought troopers parading around the Queen's campus, ears on high alert, awaiting something the political correctoids in their ivory towers didn't approve. YET the perennial passing parade of !@#$artists engage in what's called "homecoming" ,a session of drunkenness and property damage, where university administrators turned a blind eye to for decades and the municipal taxpayer shelled out thousands for police protection.

  3. Wallhouse, that program was blown out of proportion by the media and reflects a poor choice of programming on behalf of the administration rather than an actual need in residence.

    While I cannot speak for the other cities, a recent article in the Kingston Whig Standard (http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2633348) suggests that its a higher than average reporting rate in Kingston:

    "Kingston Police have said in the past that they are aggressive in pursuing and classifying investigations as hate crimes, while some police departments appear unwilling to attach the label."

    Kingston also has the largest concentration of federal correctional facilities in Canada- why is everyone so quick to assume it's university students?

  4. In other news, towns with prisons have a higher than average number of criminals, and towns with cancer hospitals have a higher than average number of people dying of cancer. Therefore prisons cause crime and hospitals cause cancer.

    • and multiculturalism causes hate

  5. Ie No surprise given that small towns dominated by a large government-funded institutions whose obsessions with political correctness and perceived social justice border on paranoia, would produce more skewed reporting rates.

  6. Also, where are the statistics to show "they're experiencing a lot of fairly rapid demographic change" of late. Guelph for eg has had a massive Italian-speaking population, since about 1910. That town is no stranger to immigrants. Such a facile attempt to WHITEwash 'white, christian, english-speaking' peoples as the prime source of all hate.

    • Why are immigrants coming in the worst depression canada has ever had?

  7. Unfortunately, "have you committed a hate crime" will now be only a voluntary question on the long form census, and the data is unreliable

    (Wow, this census stuff never gets old!)

  8. Are they counting the number of charges brought, or the number of convictions? The two are not the same.

  9. Some of Queens University's problems is the perennial passing parade of p!@#artists on a well known side street that, for eons have engaged in excessive drink and vandalism, condoned by the university, refereed by the city at an ever increasing cost to the taxpayer, importing law enforcement from other centres.

  10. I moved to Ontario from BC to go to university and I got my first experience with the hate….what can I say, I guess that you can't eat a veggie-dog on the street in Peterborough after the bar closes without being called a fat lesbian….everyone I went to school with (save 3) were white, rich, and culturally myopic.

  11. chester good- wow, pivot to a more obvious point. this is a discussion about the incidence of hate crimes, and has nothing to do with the former activities on Aberdeen Street historically occurring over Homecoming weekend. The majority of those on the street are not Queen's students; ironically, they are Kingston residents and out of town students (this is a well known fact that the KPF full state). Perhaps, before you decide to paint all Queen's students with the Aberdeen-vandalist brush you should learn something more about the weekend than what the National Post has to say.

  12. I wonder how many of the targets of these hate crimes are Jewish. I can only speak for U of T, but antisemitism was "ism" that seemed most likely to occur. The campus left and free Palestine movement was very vocal, and while most involved were people with legitimate concerns there were certainly some people on the far fringes too (not to mention a few scary people on the other side wearing IDF shirts).

    • Hoser, you finally mentioned the elephant in the room. This article is useless in its vagueness. Need stats of the background of both the victims and the perps.

      • Seems that the Photos of the pro-censorship rally during Anne Coulters visit showed one nonwhite woman with a huge mouth and several opportunists wearing the "palistinian" national tea towel. Of course it was sanctioned by Alan Rock, known to be a white male, so I guess it still fits

  13. Ah yes. White, Christian, english-speaking males between the ages of 12-22. The 'usual suspects' that get blamed. But the article doesn't state who actually is committing these 'hate crimes' and who the victims are. And I suspect that you'd find less of your 'white, christian, english-speaking' males involved when you look at the statistics.

  14. shocking. who would've thought that filling a town with rich, entitled white kids and telling them they're the best-of-the-best would result in white supremacy?

    • It must be different in Canada. In U.S. universities, white kids are told they're the worst-of-the-worst (unless they're homo-sexuals), and that only "people of color" are worth anything.

      • No, unfortunately it is the same in Canada. White kids have to go through "hate your own culture" brainwashing here also. I believe that is why young white males are suspiciously less present in our universities.

  15. Never mind how the stats could mean one thing or another because you don’t even need official stats to know something will be wrong with Kingston based on the juxtaposition of its history with stated social values. If you are in favour of a non-racist worldview and a racially mixed society, along with pluralism in general, then expect serious and potentially violent problems with Kingston ON. It is one of the homes of the anglo scottish establishment in government and in the military, it used to be the capital of the british colony later known as canada, it is primarily populated by so-called ‘loyalists’, and believe me, all this shows in the make up of the local population and its outward behaviour. So what about the not-so-public thoughts and behaviours? Guaranteed to be extreme and old-school, to put it politely. There has been some rustling among the leaves of people in the shadows trying to make it (or at least make it seem…) different but its too little too late. I suggest to readers who stumble across this that a pub called The Loyal Oarsman is a meeting place of some sort for the local, and probably numerous, anglophile white supremacists who inhabit Kingston. Many work in government or are involved in the administration of the extreme and old-school but taciturn university in Kingston (never mind RMC which at least has a purpose more in keeping with such a culture). For those few whites of privilege who think they are managing the situation by slowly but surely bringing canada and the world toward a better social order that is not racist I feel bad for you: it is a failed mission. That failure might be easy to laugh off but it includes failed lives and failed social development in canada. That is going to fester and come back. Time will tell how.

  16. The only hate that comes from the UWO is from the ANTI-WHITE Sectio of NON CANDAINS,this is the biggest anti-white city/school in world history