Another ugly example of racism reared its head in Edmonton Monday afternoon, this time on the U of A Campus.
About a dozen unauthorized posters were put up on the Edmonton campus, including one in the main library. The posters depicting a Sihk man with a profanity about turbans and telling immigrants to “go back where they came from.” It’s the third time this summer Edmonton has dealt with racist incidents. Earlier this summer a cyclist and an actor were on the receiving end of racial slurs in separate incidents on Edmonton Streets.
Arundeep Singh Sandhu with the World Sihk Organization says the incident went viral and he’s pleased with the response on social media. “The overwhelming majority of responses were critical of those views and committed to the Canadian principles of openness, acceptance and diversity.”
The U of A says passers-by and campus security removed the posters. An investigation has been launched.
Meanwhile, an anti-immigration group is denouncing the posters. The web address for Immigration Watch Canada is on the bottom of the poster. Dan Murray admits the group feels governments have allowed too much immigration but denies any connection to the poster. “Nothing to do with us. Somebody is hiding behind our name and using his own message and blaming it on us. It’s got nothing to do with us.” Murray rejects suggestions that Immigration Watch Canada is a racist organization. He says they’re concerned for canadian jobs and are calling for the number of immigrants to be capped at 25-thousand a year.