The first news reports were hard to process; too horrible to be believed. Through tweets and texts and news alerts on the morning of Monday June 7, we learned that a Muslim family had been murdered on a residential street in the small city of London, Ontario. They had been out for a walk on the previous evening and had been targeted by a young white man. The police were calling it a hate crime. Five people had been attacked. Only the youngest child survived.
An alliance between feminism and nationalism may seem unlikely to some. Usually, nationalists are not particularly concerned with women’s rights or gender equality and feminists would be opposed to nationalist positions. However, feminists and nationalists were both complicit in the recent vote in favour of the Swiss “burqa ban”. This alliance entails a blurring of right-wing and left-wing positions and has to be seen as a sign pointing to the erosion of fundamental conditions of liberal democracy.