Anti-Asian racist graffiti condemned in North Vancouver

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Apr 7, 2021 – Brent Richter/North Shore News

The graffiti was first spotted just steps away from North Vancouver-Lonsdale NDP MLA Bowinn Ma’s constituency office. Ma had just reported an identical message found on a North Van bus shelter.

“Let’s be clear that it’s hurtful,” Ma said. “I worry about the message it sends to young people who are trying to find themselves and discover who they are. And I worry about the tone that sets for people in our community who are already feeling scared in the climate that’s been set by the pandemic.”

The Vancouver Police Department has reported a 700 per cent increase in hate crimes targeting people of Asian descent, Ma noted.

“And overtly racist graffiti like this certainly doesn’t help,” Ma added.

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