The following is an example of a sec. 13 human rights complaint and is provided for educational purposes as an example of how to make a complaint regarding hate on the Internet - cyberhate. The result of the complaint can be found at the Canadian Human Rights Commission website. Some results are posted on www.stopracism.ca as examples of the types of evidence and argument that Tribunals find relevant.
Name and Addresses of Respondent:
1) Jessica Beaumont
website involved: stormfront
Address where incident occurred (if different from above):
Internet (see website above)
Jessica Beaumont has discriminated against persons or groups of persons on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, and disability by repeatedly communicating messages through an Internet website that would likely expose Rastafarians, Jews, gays and lesbians, Chinese, Hispanics, blacks, Aboriginals, and other non-whites to hatred and/or contempt contrary to section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) .
Date of alleged conduct: January 2004 and ongoing.
Jessica Beaumont has posted extensive discriminatory material on Stormfront, a U.S. neo-Nazi website forum at stormfront using the pseudonym Jessy Destruction . Ms. Beaumont uses the German Totenkopf symbol superimposed over a swastika as her avatar on Stormfront. Totenkopf is German for 'Death Head' and the skull and crossbones Totenkopf symbol was the tunic insignia worn by the Shutzstaffel, the organization in Nazi Germany that had responsibility for the protection of Adolf Hitler and the operation of the concentration camps.
In a posting by Jessy Destruction dated 19 December 2004, Ms. Beaumont indicates that her grandfather's family name is "Beaumont". [tab 8]
I visited the Stormfront forum on a number of occasions during 2004. Although a broad range of discriminatory materials have been included with the evidence accompanying this complaint, representative samples in chronological order are listed below.
On 25 January 2004, Ms. Beaumont states the following in response to a question regarding the presence of blacks in Western Canada: [tab 1]
"it could get worse, lets just cross our fingers and hope they all die off from AIDS." [sic]
In a posting to Stormfront dated 10 June 2004, Ms. Beaumont posts a quote purported to be from a children's website on diversity that describes the Rastafarian religion. She then states:
"Thats about the little nignog's religion. This site is disgusting, it really worrys me even more so about what my sisters are being forcefed in school." [sic] [tab 2]
In a posting dated 17 June 2004, Ms. Beaumont states that her profile on MSN describes her as a "full time n-a-z-i". [sic] [tab 3]
In response to a comment describing a gay man as "some sick mental defect fag", Ms. Beaumont responds:
"AGREED! f'ing perverts." [sic] [tab 4]
Discussing the presence of artwork by Haida artist Bill Reid on the new $20 bill, Ms. Beaumont derides their presence saying on 1 November 2004:
"I have talked with a few people about them (who aren't WN) [meaning White Nationalists] but they don't like the fact that there is native stuff on the bills. I mean, who wants to pay for something and be reminded of a chug? Not me!" [sic] [tab 5]
On 2 December 2004, Ms. Beaumont posts on Stormfront material she indicates is from another source that states blacks and Hispanics are incapable of creating or maintaining an advanced society, that whites should be permitted to prohibit miscegenation, and also bar non-white or all immigration to North America. It further posits that anyone who supports racial integration or miscegenation is either ignorant that [among other things] blacks and Hispanics are inferior or that people who support such things are "blatant haters of the White race and seeking to end its existence on planet Earth". [sic] [tab 6]
On 10 December 2004, Ms. Beaumont replies to a posting regarding the Supreme Court reference decision on same-sex marriage by stating:
"And LaFascista2, to me, it seems like you are defending fag marriages. I don't know about anyone else here, but even if I put my religion aside, I still think fags are wrong, vile, and disease ridden, as well as frigging perverts." [sic] [tab 7]
Jessica Beaumont has discriminated against persons or groups of persons on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, and disability by repeatedly communicating messages through an Internet website that would likely expose Rastafarians, Jews, gays and lesbians, Chinese, Pakistanis, blacks, Aboriginals, other non-whites, and the mentally disabled to hatred and/or contempt contrary to section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
I thank-you in advance for your work on this matter.
6 January 2005