Richmond residents are planning a rally in response to a pair of racist flyers circulating in the city, targeting the Chinese community.
Minister Victor Kim with the Richmond Presbyterian Church is organizing the event and says it’s more of a celebration than a protest.
“[It’s a] celebration of the diversity of people that make up Richmond. While we acknowledge that there are problems to be addressed, problems like affordability and cost of living, the gap between the rich and the poor and cultural issues. Well, we need to address it together rather than blaming segments of our population,” he says.
One flyer put into Steveston residents’ mailboxes claimed Chinese people are taking over, while the latest handout, allegedly printed by a group calling itself ‘Immigration Watch Canada,’ claims immigration has turned into the ‘plundering of Canada.’
But Kim says he’s not bitter, and that the answer to hateful messages isn’t more hate.
“It’s a challenge to understand what it means to be a part of this city, part of the Lower Mainland, and Canadian, really. The demographics continue to change, and with changes comes pressure and I think the easy response to that pressure is to sort of circle our wagons and find someone to blame.”
The event begins at noon, Friday, in front of Richmond Library.