The Sikh community is speaking out about a racist graffiti incident under police investigation in southwest Calgary.
On Monday night, the words “diaper heads” and “cows” were found spray painted on the road leading to the Sikh Society of CalgaryGurdwara Sahib in the West Springs neighborhood.
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“We are very disappointed and saddened to hear that our SW Gurdwara Sahib had racist graffiti sprayed outside on the roads leading to the entrance,” said the Dashmesh Cultural Center. he said in a tweet Monday night.
“While we believe that these are the actions of a few, we encourage everyone to accept everyone as one and take the time to learn about their neighbors. The doors of our Gurdwara Sahib are open to all, we encourage you to visit and learn about Sikhi, ”the organization said in the Twitter thread.
“While this display of racism is very hurtful, we want to take this moment for all of us to come together and show support for all people, regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.”
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Several politicians shared their thoughts and condemned the vandalism, including Sikh community member and Calgary Forest Lawn MP Jasraj Singh Hallan.
“Despite being called many things throughout my life for wearing a turban, I was still proud to be in Canada free to express myself.”
“I stand with the Calgary Sikh Society in condemning this hateful act. Canadians are always opposed to bigotry. ” Hallan said on Twitter.
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Calgary-Northeast MLA and Transportation Minister Rajan Sawhney, whose own daughter was the target of a hateful attack this summer, said she was very saddened, disappointed and disgusted by the behavior.
“(Dashmesh Culture Center), you have been a beacon of hope for many, particularly during Covid. Please continue to Chardi Kala and continue to inspire, educate and encourage others! “said the minister in a tweet.
In Sikhism, chardi kala is the Punjabi saying for having a positive attitude or keeping your spirits up, to aspire to maintain a state of mind of eternal optimism and joy.
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Edmonton Mill Woods MP Tim Uppal, also a member of the Sikh faith, said it is “extremely frustrating and disappointing to see hateful acts like this continue to litter our country.”
“I stand with the Calgary Sikh Society in condemning these actions in the strongest terms, and I stand with Canadians against intolerance and hatred.” said on Facebook Tuesday morning.
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The Calgary Police Service diversity unit is working closely with the community, CPS confirmed.
“This action is unacceptable and we are committed to conducting a thorough investigation to hold responsible parties to account,” police said in a tweet.
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