University Of Alberta Takes Down Racist Posters In CampusBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
The University of Alberta has removed racist posters around its campus after its staff and students spoke out. There were about a dozen of posters showing a picture of a turbaned man of the Sikh faith with the words, "F-k your Turban... If you're so obsessed with your third world culture go the f---k back to where you came from!"
CBC reported that the posters were taped in various locations in the campus. One was taped to the door of the Rutherford Library. The posters were spotted on Monday.
The posters were promptly taken down but a photo of it has been posted on university forums. This led to outcries from the school's students, faculty and even politicians.
"Unfortunately, similar posters have also been found on other Canadian university campuses," University President David Turpin said, deeming the posters as "disturbing." "The University of Alberta is a space that is open to all people and we take pride in the strength of our diverse community."
Turpin added that the administration is currently working with the University of Alberta's Protective Services to find the ones responsible for this campaign. The posters have the same references to Immigration Watch Canada, a Vancouver-based anti-immigration organization and website.
"We do not know who put the posters up on the University of Alberta campus," the university's manager for strategic communications Alison Turner said, via The Toronto Star. "Next steps will depend on the outcome of the investigation."
Immigration Watch Canada wants the country to "drastically reduce immigration," it said on its website. Moreover, it believes that "it should never be a social engineering experiment that is conducted on Canada's mainstream population in order to make it a minority."
Global News noted that similar posters were also found on other Canadian university campuses. The World Sikh Organization (WSO) of Canada condemned "the racist posters... targeting Sikhs at the University of Alberta."
The organization added that similar posters appeared at York University in Toronto and in Brampton, Ont. in 2014.