Below is the "Safety Moment” I'm going to share in a meeting this afternoon. Please feel free to use it in your next meeting.
On Sunday afternoon, a young Muslim girl was punched, kicked and had her religious head covering pulled off in a Calgary Park.
The incident happened as two girls, both under the age of 16, were walking along a river pathway. According to police, a 28-year-old woman confronted them with a verbal attack.
The girls tried to walk away as racial slurs were hurled at them, but the woman persisted, and the attack escalated to physical violence (source: CTV News).
How do we keep our fellow Calgarians safe?
- We talk about this story and other examples of hatred and intolerance with our children, our family members, our friends, and our colleagues.
- We speak up, we participate, and we continue to educate ourselves.
- We visit a Mosque, Synagogue, Gurdwara, Church, etc.
- We sign up for a course/webinar, read a book/article, watch a documentary and tell someone about it, etc.
- It’s not enough to simply be “not racist”. We need to start taking action.