City of Toronto Poster depicts White men as Racist and Black women in Hijab as Victims

“This is the most offensive poster designed by the City of Toronto in years. Its intention seems to be to cover up the crimes of Islamists and distract Canadians from seeing the real threat to our society — Islamofascism, not so-called Islamophobia … Bring it down, John Tory, because you are a good man.”


June 16, 2016

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

This poster has been placed on most of Toronto’s public transit stations.

Within hours of the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack, the Islamist groups in Canada and the U.S.A. sent out ‘how-to’ guides to avoid scrutiny of Islamist activity and turn around the anger against the jihad by making Muslims as the victims, not the dead and maimed gays of Florida.

It had its effect. Anger against ISIS and jihad dissipated and soon the tragedy was turned into an issue of gun control and the cheap slogan “homophobia cannot be fought with Islamophobia.”

What shocked me is how this type of manipulation also seems to be popular with the City of Toronto where, before the attack in Orlando, the city teamed up with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) to launch a campaign against “Islamophobia.”

In a press release on Tuesday, OCASI revealed, “The City of Toronto and OCASI are launching a Toronto public education campaign to address xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiments.”

It quoted Councillor Joe Cressy of Trinity-Spadina saying “OCASI has an extensive history of working with refugees and understand the barriers they face to integration. We appreciate their insights.”

One of the first outcomes of OCASI’s “insights” was a poster that shows a white man confronting a black Muslim woman in hijab, telling her: “Go back to where you come from,” to which the black hijabi woman replies, “Where, North York?”

In one sweep the City of Toronto depicted every white man as a racist bigot and perpetuated the victimhood of Muslims, a goal of all Islamists worldwide who hate the West.

The question to Cressy is this: If you had to show a white male, then why didn’t you put your own face on the poster? Why leave it to an actor?

Or perhaps OCASI could have asked Mayor John Tory to do the honours of being the white racist male?

I am no denier of white privilege in our society and have taken on four white friends in a debate on this subject, so before the allegation of me being Uncle Tom is thrown my way (which I am sure it will), let me state the following: This is the most offensive poster designed by the City of Toronto in years.

Its intention seems to be to cover up the crimes of Islamists and distract Canadians from seeing the real threat to our society — Islamofacism, not so-called Islamophobia.

My son-in-law is white, so are the husbands of three of my nieces. My first boss in Canada was white and my editors at the Sun are white men. This poster is a slap in the face of Tory and all the decent, white males who have stood up for equal rights over the last century.

Bring it down, John Tory, because you are a good man.

14 comments for “City of Toronto Poster depicts White men as Racist and Black women in Hijab as Victims

  1. Sherri Kennedy
    June 16, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Fighting discrimination with discrimination or using one paint brush?

  2. Glaucea
    June 16, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    If I was a ¨white Male ¨I would sue the city for racism! This is all part of the ¨social engineering Plan ¨to destroy society and build a new one called ¨New World Order¨! NWO is a Neo-Communist sistem to create chaos , weaken and conquer society ! They are doing a great job!

  3. don craig
    June 16, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    when i first saw this on cbc (no comments allowed).. i immediately emailed john tory and asked him why they didnt use his image to depict this nonsense….i just now read your article in the sun.. the city now openly finances bigotry….

  4. don craig
    June 16, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    btw i thought that joe cressy might be slightly different, in a good sense, from the average (pam mcconnell) ndp… but he hasnt taken long to prove me wrong in that regard..

  5. Dave
    June 16, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    This white male thanks you….

  6. Greg Gramlich
    June 17, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    There is no where on Earth where Islam has ever brought about peace, unless you define peace as the slaughter of all dissenters. Islam cannot bring about peace because the God of Islam, is Satan himself, disguised as the Nabatean moon god Allah. Islam is nothing more than a revival of the ancient moon god cult.

  7. June 17, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    So you Tarek Fatah are a joke. You have empathy for the white male who usually are in actuality perpetrators if this racial attacks usually against Muslim women but you have NOTHING to say about the actual Muslim women who have in fact suffered these racist attacks since 911, and every other “terror attack” related to ISIL, AL Qaeda n Hamas all the way up to the Paris attacks n dethroning of Harper. Check out the demographic of every assailant against Muslims in Canada following these overseas attacks. They fit a very specific profile. It must be nice as a self proclaimed male Muslim revolutionary n progressive wannabe uve never had to defend ur faith to say nothing of being targeted for it. You DO NOT speak for everyone in this city. You’re only a lap dog for the bigoted politicians that make up the Conservatives.

    • Steve
      June 18, 2016 at 4:52 PM

      I hope your on the RCMP terrorist watch. You sound like a lunatic.

    • June 19, 2016 at 7:47 PM

      Fuck your faith, your false prophet, and allah. Islam has no place in Canada, or outside of the dirtmonkey caliphate of the middle east.

  8. Richard V
    June 18, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    What’s missing is the remark made by the lady in the hijab that might have elicited such a comment – a comment that is usually made in response to an attack on Canada or Canada’s way of life and values.
    The irony is that the hijab is the very symbol of discrimination suffered by those who wear them where their culture and belief system is in the majority – or where the highly discriminatory sharia is practiced.. Additionally, the belief system of this young lady is supremacist and says that the young man is likely a ‘kafir’ or infidel and therefore inferior to those who practice sharia. Having said that, democracy and a free liberal society are not really compatible with the political and religious system this young lady appears to embrace so that either traditional Canadians must adapt to satisfy the changing culture or the middle eastern cultures must assimilate or change to meet the standards and values of a free democratic multicultural society where all religions are free to practice their beliefs without discrimination – something that either one or both of the people in the add do not adhere to. As one of the comments above states, this add fights discrimination by using discrimination both explicit and implicit. It’s a sad commentary for a diverse City to use and is divisive and insulting.

  9. Blanka
    June 20, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    In Islam, a woman is perceived as a sex object, hence the covering. The purpose of all that cloth over their bodies is to protect the men from having indecent thought when they see a woman’s skin, hair, etc.
    To all Muslim men! – learn to control your thoughts, purify your minds and then the women in your culture will not have to sweat in those clothes and look like tents. Just imagine how hot she feels wearing a hijab in 35 degrees, covered from head to toes……have mercy on your women, do something about your learned perception of the women and stop torturing them. The woman is a gift from God to you,she bears your children, cooks and cleans for you and is obliged to satisfy you whenever you demand it, having no right to refuse. Wake up, men, she is a beautiful human being equally worthy of respect and love. Your laws are man-made, not God-made. No God would treat a woman the way you treat her!

  10. Ali Hosny
    June 26, 2016 at 1:57 AM

    Shocked by the article but even more so by the supporting and the against comments… We are so ignorant and such narrow minded creatures full of stereotyping ideas and misconspetions of any other.
    The ad is not about colour Mr. Fatah… Unless we decide to make it about colour… The ad is not about men or women again unless we decide to make it about gender. The ad is so simple and so powerful, yet you decided to miss the point (by choice) and twisted the visible truth.
    I see the ad as a message to stop a behavior triggered by hate and misunderstanding that is driven by the media and the lack of efforts from all sides to understand the ‘other’. And thanks to you and others like you who easily distract the public with side views to avoid facing the main issues in the world.
    Is there islamphobia? Yes, there is.
    Is there racism? Yes, there is.
    Is there islamofacism? Yes, there is.
    Is there ignorance about the ‘other’? Yes there is.
    Is there stereotyping and profiling? Yes, there is.
    Are we all guilty of all of the above? Yes, we are.

    • Tarek Fatah
      June 26, 2016 at 4:38 AM

      And that is your defence of:

      1. Stereotyping White men as racists?
      2. Stereotyping Muslim women as Hijabis?

      Your defence of the racist advt and your addiction to Muslim victimhood is the reason so many people from Myanmar and the Philippines to India and the UK are fed up with the arrogant attitude of Muslims, and refusal to respect the values of the societies where they are a minority.

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