Allen Ma spent his Saturday morning cleaning a racist message off a building in Victoria’s Chinatown.
The president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association got a call from police over the weekend telling him that a part of their school in the 600-block of Fisgard Street was marked up.
“I’ve never seen such wording since I’ve been here,” said Ma, a Victoria resident since 1969. “I thought it was some kind of joke, but later I found out it was true.”
Ma said he doesn’t like repeating the words that were written, which grouped Chinese people with animals. This incident occurred a day before an anti-racism peace rally for Black lives drew thousands at Centennial Square.
“I hope they come forward,” said Ma. “What they did was [a] disgrace. Canada is multicultural and the pandemic isn’t [caused by] Chinese people.”
Victoria Police Department is investigating and asks anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to please call 250-995-7654, and select option 1 for the report desk. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.