A sign seen at a bus stop in Port Coquitlam, Canada, encouraging White mothers to join a group where their children "can play with others that look like them" has sparked outrage.
Social media user Doug Aoki shared a photo of the sign, which read:
"Join us Whites-only Moms & Tots."
"Are you looking for somewhere your children can play with others that look like them?"
"Are they tired of being a minority in their schools or daycares? Escape forced 'diversity' and join other proud parents of European children as we create an atmosphere in which our kids can feel like they belong."
"Invest in your child's sense of well-being and racial identity by giving them the gift of time spent amongst their own people - because they deserve it."
Here is a screenshot of the sign.
The racist advertisement caught the attention of The City of Port Coquitlam, which condemned the vile message in a post on X (formerly Twitter.)
"The City received report of a hate-motivated poster posted in the community."
"The City condemns this in the strongest terms and promotes an environment without hate."
The City received report of a hate-motivated poster posted in the community. The City condemns this in the strongest terms and promotes an environment without hate.\n\nFull statement: https://t.co/rW7TtnS6Yi— City of Port Coquitlam (@City of Port Coquitlam) 1695665890
The city additionally wrote a statement on its website in which Mayor Brad West said:
“As soon as it was brought to our attention, Bylaw officers immediately searched the area and all bus stops in the surrounding area, to remove the posters but no signs were present."
"Perhaps, it was removed by someone else in the community."
West continued to make clear that such acts of hatred were not welcome in the city.
“This vile garbage isn’t welcome in our community, or anywhere else."
"We strive and continue to work on building the bonds of our community and breaking down barriers, promoting all the diversity our city has.”
Social media users were both shocked and disgusted that someone had the audacity to create the sign in the first place.
The City of Port Coquitlam continued to emphasize that it "condemns this in the strongest terms" and that it strives to promote an "environment without hate."
They also suggested residents noticing similar messages of hate in the future contact the Coquitlam RCMP.