Hamilton man charged after racist exchange with couple

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Two new Canadian citizens experienced a racist incident in a Stoney Creek parking lot which was captured on camera and has raised eyebrows and concerns about this being an emerging trend.

A Hamilton man is now being investigated for a possible hate crime after a video circulated in which he tells the South Asian man, “I would kill your children.”

The video takes place in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercentre, the man in the video who appears to be threatened and recorded by the man’s wife. The couple does not want to be identified and has declined media interviews.

In the video, the man in the pickup truck appears to hit the person holding the camera, although it’s unclear what has happened. The two men continue to yell at each other.

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“You want me to go back to my country? I’m a Canadian citizen,” the man says to the driver.

“Show me! Prove it! I don’t believe you,” the man replies, adding “You don’t sound like a Canadian citizen” in a taunting imitation of the other man’s accent.

The man and his wife are originally from India and are now Canadian citizens who have been here for about eight years. According to reports the couple and their child recently moved to Stoney Creek from Brampton.

In the video, the man in the pickup truck also says: “I’m racist as f**k. I don’t like you, I don’t like her. I would kill your children first.”

On Saturday, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said that the city’s police chief told him the man had been charged with a hate crime.

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A 47-year-old man from Hamilton’s Stoney Creek neighbourhood has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and threatening death. A police news release quoted in other reports says the victim “received minor injuries and was medically cleared. As a result of the circumstances surrounding the incident the investigation is being forwarded to the Hate Crime Unit for review.”

In recent years the number of South Asians in the Hamilton and Stoney Creek area has risen dramatically. Many of the new residents have moved there after cashing out on their Peel Region homes and buying something larger and less expensive.

The problem is that most people regardless of color when in a heated exchange with someone from another race can be tempted to fall back on racist stereotypes. In this case it is evident that the Hamilton man as well as so many other Canadians with tenure don’t regard new Canadians especially those visible minorities who have strong accents as real Canadians.

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Earlier this month, a shopper at a Sobeys grocery store in London, Ont. appeared to be blocked from leaving by a stranger. He was allegedly pushed and accused of being an “illegal alien.”

London police responded to the scene, but the shopper declined to lay charges. The force’s hate crimes unit was reviewing the incident.

In another recent incident a drunk white man confronted a Muslim family in Toronto and questioned them about where they were from saying repeatedly that Ontario was his province. -CINEWS

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