Incident of Racism at the Khalsa Community School
Parm Gill, MP for Brampton-Springdale issued the following statement regarding the act of vandalism that took place earlier this week at the Khalsa Community School in Brampton:
On the morning of July 10th, officials at the Khalsa Community School discovered that racist graffiti had been painted onto the exterior gymnasium wall. Security cameras installed at the school recorded three individuals, believed to be youth, spray-painting the wall where the symbols were found.
Acts that promote intolerance and bigotry of any kind are completely unacceptable and run contrary to the core values our nation holds dear. It saddens me that our community was witness to such a deplorable act. The actions of those responsible are evidence of a tragic reality of intolerance that still exists in pockets of our society. It is unfortunate that, despite the progress we as Canadians have made towards promoting acceptance of peoples of all races and nationalities, events like this take place.
No community or individuals should suffer intolerance on the basis of their race, religion or creed. Racism and intolerance are forces in our communities that can and must be fought. In our diverse society, people of all backgrounds need to work together to build a future that we can be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren.
The City of Brampton is one that prides itself on the diversity of its residents. The relative few who choose to commit these acts are not, and should not be perceived as, indicative of the people of this city as a whole. I call upon all Bramptonians to condemn the acts of those who seek to undermine the fundamental values of our nation.