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Media Highlight: Shaheen Shariff Denounces Online Hate Speech Against Mohawks


Published: 3Mar2020

Mohawks face online threats, hate as protest continues reports the Montreal Gazette. As an expert on cyberbullying and online hate, the Faculty of Education's Shaheen Shariff was asked to comment. 

Shariff says what’s happening online is disturbing and dangerous but unfortunately, not surprising. “It’s become normalized,” said Shariff. “With the rise of populism and political leaders using dehumanizing language against minorities, this is par for the course. … When people go online and use offensive terms, they in effect make it easier for those who post hateful comments to justify violence... .”

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