Richmond’s city council is reiterating racism and discriminatory actions are not welcome in Richmond and have no place in society.
In a statement released Wednesday, Mayor Malcolm Brodie said hateful and “racially motivated behaviour” will not be tolerated in Richmond.
“We acknowledge such attitudes unfortunately exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold,” says Brodie.
“We must stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism.”
Brodie added council is supporting the RCMP’s focus on tackling hate crimes and building public awareness. He said the public should not hesitate to call the RCMP when they experience or witness “racially- or hate-motivated action.”
According to the City of Richmond, there have been programs and initiatives to build bridges among cultures and promote participation over the years.
“By bringing people together in dialogue, arts and cultural programming and holding inclusive consultations, the city is committed to fostering an inclusive community – one where everyone feels safe and respected,” read the statement.
Victims of racially motivated incidents or anyone who has witnessed one should seek help and call the police.
For non-emergency situations, call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.