Richmond’s mayor has made it clear a batch of racist flyers that surfaced today “does not reflect” the views of his city.
Earlier today photos of the flyers imploring residents to “save Richmond” and promoting websites with far-right racist propaganda began appearing on social media, after reportedly being put into Steveston residents’ mailboxes.
The flyers claimed Chinese people are “taking over” and called on people to join the so-called “Alt-Right” – a label coined by U.S. white supremicist Richard Spencer, and widely associated with anti-Semitism, anti-feminism, and homophobia.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie says he thinks the flyer is meant to create attention to a very dark message.
“Whether someone posts a message like this or gives out a flyer with this kind of message, or they paint an offensive, racist kind of sign on a synagogue or a church; it’s all one and the same,” he says.
He adds that the propaganda needs to be met head-on, and not allowed to fester.
“Whether it’s the kind of sentiment that’s been brought to the forefront by the American elections with some of the messaging there, or otherwise we have to seriously, deal with it and just make sure that people don’t think that we in any way agree with it.”
Brodie says the flyer needs to be put in the hands of the RCMP “who can deal with it.”
Since the U.S. election, hundreds of incidents of racist harassment and vandalism have been recorded across the united states.
North of the border, anti-Semitic graffiti has turned up in three location in Ottawa since the weekend.