The “Make it Awkward” campaign launched by City Hall after a racist incident was caught on video is getting more use.
U of A president Dave Turpin and Yadvinder Bhardwaj, with the Indian Student Association, appeared in a video from the university, posted to its Facebook page, after anti-Sikh posters were hung up around the U of A.
The pair appeared in a video shared to the U of A’s Facebook page.
“We removed them immediately and we’re here to make it awkward,” explains Turpin.
“We strongly condemn these posters and the people behind this,” Bhardwaj said in the video. “This is not the University of Alberta we know.”
Turpin and Bhardwaj say they encourage you to use the campaign and emphasize that racism is not tolerated.
“We’re very proud of the University of Alberta community, the way it has shown resilience and stood up and reached out to our Sikh community and other minorities on campus at the University of Alberta,” Turpin adds.
— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) 20 September 2016
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 20 September 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted he is proud of the enormous contributions Sikhs make to the country every day.
“We are proud of the education the University of Alberta offers us and we feel safe here,” explained Bhardwaj
“Make it Awkward” encourages you to call out racists for their bigotry and share your stories of confronting racism using the hashtag #makeitawkward.
The incident, which saw posters put up around the campus before they were torn down by security and students, has prompted the ISA to hold a Turban tie-in on campus Tuesday.
The event will teach you how to tie a turban, explain what exactly it represents in Sikh culture and give you the ability to ask questions about the culture.
The “Make it Awkward” campaign started at the beginning of September after a Jesse Lipscombe, who is black, was attacked with racial slurs downtown, which was caught on video.
That incident was not long after another racist verbal attack on a cyclist downtown.
The university is investigating the incident now. (twd)
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