OK, the video shared below may not represent serious social science. I would add the tag line “Hey kids, don’t try this at home.” All that aside, it represents an interesting, if flawed, experiment.
As most already know, Canadians were recently shaken by two separate, deadly incidents that were carried out by so-called “self radicalized” Canadians. In response, a York University student tried his own experiment with a scenario and video titled “Canadians React to Ottawa Shooting Racism”.
As reported by the CBC, Omar Albach set out to test “…if people feel safe to be around Muslims or people who look like Muslims.”
See for yourself what happened
As social experiments go, I would argue that this one blended stereotyping and bullying. Bystanders seemed to be reacting to both provocations.
It’s too much to claim that this proves anything about all Canadians or how feelings could change if more and more random attacks take place. But now that Canadians are grappling with a serious problem of terrorism at home, it suggests some hope for keeping a sense of perspective.
Least anyone think Canada has got the “we can all get along” thing down pat, there have been incidents of anti-Muslim threats and vandalism in recent days. And consider this item about another type of racial profiling that is still an age-old problem in parts of Canada.