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Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« on: February 24, 2008, 07:13:30 PM »
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Police in Edmonton are looking for whoever spray-painted a racist comment on an election sign in front of Edmonton-Mill Creek Liberal candidate Aman Gill's campaign office.

Gill spotted the defaced sign after she arrived at her campaign office on Saturday morning. Vandals had written the word "Paki" in black paint beside Gill's name and sketched sexually explicit drawings over her photograph.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story ... acism.html
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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 09:36:34 PM »
Yeah, that's where I live. :(

I hope the idiot realizes he just gave her a whole bunch of earned media, though I doubt this is anyone connected with any campaign. Probably just some random fuckwit.  :x

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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008, 05:06:28 PM »
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Probably just some random fuckwit.  :x

No doubt.  It is Edmonton after all.  Having grown up in Leduc, I continue to be disgusted by the open racism of so many people.
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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2008, 06:02:03 PM »
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It is Edmonton after all.

Thanks. I love being tarred by wide brushes.  :annoyed: I'm also glad that everyone, everywhere else can sleep peacefully, knowing that racism is a problem in Alberta and no where else.

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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2008, 07:20:54 PM »
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It is Edmonton after all.

Thanks. I love being tarred by wide brushes.  :annoyed: I'm also glad that everyone, everywhere else can sleep peacefully, knowing that racism is a problem in Alberta and no where else.

Oferheavensakes, I grew up there.  I know just as well as you that there are a lot of great people in Edmonton and environs.  But there are also a hell of a lot of unreconstructed racists, particularly towards South Asians.  It sucks, it is offensive, it is pervasive.

Of course racism is present out here as well, and everywhere.  Hell, here in Vancouver even the progressive community has swept racism under the carpet and relaunched it as 'social exclusion', taking the onus off of specific racists.  But Edmonton specifically has had a fairly large number of South Asian immigrants over the past 40 years, and most of the racists I knew (and I knew many) had a particular hostility towards that population, and First Nations.  It offended me then, it offends me even more now, but it is reality.
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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2008, 07:30:25 PM »
It is offensive. And pervasive. All across Canada.

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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008, 08:01:15 PM »
Ok, we are so not heading down that path again.

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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 11:28:17 PM »
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It is offensive. And pervasive. All across Canada.

You're right, and Gigi is right.  There's no point in measuring levels of racism in different locales.  I was speaking from my own experience, which I think is valid having grown up in Leduc and lived part of my adult life in Edmonton and Red Deer.  I read the item and thought exactly what I wrote.  I'm sorry you thought I was talking about you personally or Edmontonians as a whole, I wasn't.  I'm not sorry for what I said, because it reflects my experiences.

I don't deny that others have experienced/witnessed similar levels of racism across the country.  And what are we fighting about anyways?
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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2008, 12:18:43 AM »
Well, to be honest, I was already upset that this happened in my constituency and has the potential to disrupt the dynamic of the campaigns, all of which seemed to be fighting honest but tough campaigns amongst a generally apathetic and confused electorate.

It bugs me that every time something like this is posted on any message board, it's always easier for someone to say, "Oh, that ____ (some place other than where they're living right now)." I come from an ignorant area where some people hold racist or racialist views. I know they exist in my community as well, and in every other place I've lived. In fact, (including the UK, Ontario, BC and AB) I don't think I've ever found it odd to see racist graffiti. (Hell, it was in my house - a former crack house - when we bought it, until we tore down that wall.) So in a way, I wasn't surprised to see this happen. Someone also drew sexually explicit drawings onto the photograph of a disabled woman on the ETS ad at the bus stop bench ad. I have a feeling that this is the same sort of feeling. If election signs, particularly those in public places, stood out longer, I thing we'd see gang signs painted on them as well. (Which is, I guess analogous to some party logos, so many it's appropriate.) Sometimes, I think there's a Canadian "head-in-the-sand" mentality about -isms, all of them, but particularly racism because that's become so socially unacceptable. We make ourselves feel good by calling attention to how bad "backward" people are (rural, western, working class, American maybe) instead of taking responsibility for what's in our own communities.

I have no problem agreeing the Edmonton has a problem with race, and that it's a problem accentuated by sharp class divides that we never properly recognize. I do have a problem with statements that essentialize racism onto Edmonton as a whole (or any geographical place as a whole). That's all.

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Re: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2008, 04:39:38 AM »
Hi, I'm over in supposedly enlightened Amsterdam and have also seen racist graffiti here.

On babble there is an angryphone who is always going on about how racist Québécois are, based on Hérouxville and some other backwater.  Unfortunately I don't think anywhere is free of such backward fuckwits.
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