Some Asshole Posted ‘Fuck Your Turban’ Posters at the University of Alberta

"Fuck your Turban?" Nah boys, fuck your posters.

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Sep 20 2016, 10:08pm

Sigh. Photo via Facebook/Laura Porter

"Fuck Your Turban. If you're so obsessed with your third world culture, go the fuck back to where you come from."

In an act of incomprehensible stupidity/bigotry, these words were superimposed over the image of a Sikh man and strewn across the University of Alberta campus Monday morning.

All were, like they rightfully should be, torn down almost immediately. In a statement, the president of the U of A said they were investigating the assholes in their midst (our phrasing).

The posters have been decried as an extremely shitty thing to do by the majority of decent people across the political spectrum including Edmonton's mayor, the Minister of Defence and the Prime Minister. Hell, even everyone's favourite bouncing baby boy, Jason Kenney, got into the spirit of things and said he was "disturbed" by the posters and condemned them.

Below the sentence telling Sikhs—who have been in Canada for a long, long time—to go home are the hashtags #non-integrative and #invasion. At the bottom of the poster reads the URL for the website Immigration Watch Canada (IWC). (No link for you, IWC.)

The group says on their website that immigration has become a "social engineering experiment that is conducted on Canada's mainstream population in order to make it a minority."

IWC issued a statement denying any role in the posters, saying they "strongly believe in dissecting the immigration issue with constructive arguments, supported by irrefutable facts.

"We do not support flyers taking on a strictly vulgar and emotionally-charged narrative!!"

Immigration Watch Canada is no stranger to the flyer game. In 2014, they caused an uproar by pasting up some pretty terrible pamphlets in Brampton, Ont. The OG poster juxtaposed a picture of white (old-stock) Canadians with a group of Sikh people and asked the question "Is this what you really want?"

That one they actually took credit for.

Photo via Twitter/@DemiCaruso

The recent past hasn't been the greatest time in Edmonton's history as a multicultural city.

A few weeks ago, mayor Don Iveson had to help create the #makeitawkward campaign with local actor Jesse Lipscombe because motorists wouldn't stop calling people the N-word. To add to that the Soldiers of Odin are proudly marching the streets of Edmonton like a big dumb ol' uncool motorcycle club that everyone hates.

In response to the visceral shittiness that are these posters, Arundeep Singh Sandhu, a local Sikh man, decided to organize a "How-to-tie a turban" event in one of the quads of the University where the posters were found.

"It's an opportunity for some people to ask some questions they would not normally want to ask. It would be like a barbershop salon kind of thing where people would ask questions and get an answer," Sandhu told VICE.

"It would be a counter argument to what was presented in those posters."

Sandhu said that the poster is "unique" in just how honest it was in its hate, but visible minorities in Alberta have been dealing with racism and statements like that for a long time. He said even if Immigration Watch is telling the truth about not putting up the posters they are still complacent in its message.

"Even if this isn't something that they explicitly authorized, it's consistent to what they have been espousing for a long time and they are to a degree responsible for the messaging behind it."

So "Fuck your Turban?" Nah boys, fuck your posters.

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