A racist sign in St. John’s, Canada, shocked local residents and prompted an outpouring of positive messages and inclusion in response.
The sign was discovered on Aug. 12 morning on a pole at a bus stop. Handwritten in black ink on a yellow poster, the sign read, “kill n------” and had a swastika drawn on the bottom. It was removed the same morning.
“Wow. Unbelievable,” Ward Councilor Jonathan Galgay said after seeing a picture of the sign for the first time. “I've never seen anything like that before and to me it would be considered to be a hate crime."
Galgay contacted the Newfoundland Constabulary — the local police force — and reported the hateful sign.
“Never, ever in my life have I ever seen anything like that. We are a city of multiculture, openness and to see something like this today is completely, completely upsetting and very disappointing,” he said. “This is intolerable, it shouldn't be something we should be prepared to see in any city in Canada or around the world and to see it in St. John's is extremely disappointing and very upsetting."
Following the sign’s removal, residents in the area began putting up their own signs with messages of acceptance and inclusion, meant to counteract the racism.
“Let's reflect on why this happened, and what we can do to make our community stronger,” one sign read.
Police are currently investigating the sign in the hopes of pinpointing its origin.