Guelph had the highest police-reported incidence of hate crime in 2010. This might say we experience more hate crime than other communities.
Or it might say, we do not tolerate hate crimes of any kind in our community and so we speak out. It might say our community has not given up on reporting potential hate crimes to our police and so we do. It might also say our residents trust the police to take the incident seriously and they do.
Lots of evidence of this recently. The police are reporting another incident of a hate crime in Exhibition Park – disturbing graffiti on the concession stand and picnic table.s Another target this time but equally reprehensible. It was reported by residents. Police are investigating. Public Works has been requested to immediately remove the graffiti.
We call it when we see it and we act as a community.