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Ontario municipal candidates face ‘organized hatred’ as campaign nears close
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Ontario municipal candidates face ‘organized hatred’ as campaign nears close

Kojo Damptey’s campaign expected one of his ads at a Hamilton bus station would be defaced well before a sticker that read “white people first” was found placed over the poster of the city council hopeful. The first-time candidate often encountered anti-Black racist messages and threats in his former role as executive director of Hamilton Center For Civic Inclusion, he said in a phone interview. His campaign planned to regularly check on the ad in anticipation of similar backlash.“Now running for city council, I knew that it will probably happen again, and lo and behold, it happened,” he said. “It didn’t surprise us.”The racist sticker on Damptey’s ad is one of three incidents being investigated by Hamilton police’s hate crime unit related to election candidates. Read more: ...