Watch: Canadians stand up to an ‘anti-Muslim bigot’

Omar Albach and two friends staged and filmed what they called a “social experiment” in Hamilton, Ontario, following the shooting of an officer last week in Ottawa.

There’s a long tradition of activist videos where filmmakers attempt to expose the hidden prejudices of their societies through secretly-staged scenes in public. These often yield depressing, unsavory results.

But a new video that has gone viral offers a small glimpse of Canadian tolerance in action.

The “social experiment” — as the video’s maker, Omar Albach, an 18-year-old student at York University, calls it — involved an actor dressed head-to-toe in traditional Islamic garb standing at a bus stop as another actor heckled him. The “racist” character kept asking the Muslim man to step away from the bus line out of supposed fear of a terror threat.

As you see, not a single bystander supports the heckler’s view and many angrily object to his racism. One man tells the heckling actor that he’s just as likely to be a terrorist as the Muslim man. Another gets so aggravated that he strikes the heckling actor in the face, bringing Albach’s social experiment to an abrupt end. Who knew Canada’s multiculturalism packed such a punch…

Please note that I am no Islam apologist yet I would draw the line at going after someone in public simply based on the way they were dressed. It is just not something I would ever do.