Police investigating ‘whites only’ posters

Syreeta Moore and her daughter, Oasia

Police in Coquitlam, British Colombia, is investigating reports of racist signs advertising a “whites only” play group.

The signs, recently posted in the area, welcome “proud parents of European children” to gather for play dates with other white kids. They describe white children as being a minority and say parents should invest in their “sense of wellbeing and racial identity.”

Statistics Canada 2021 census data of the Port Moody-Coquitlam electoral district found 51,375 residents were part of a racialized group or visible minority, while 62,515 residents were not.

One of the White Only Poster

Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West said that bylaw officers searched for the signs as soon as the city became aware of them, but couldn’t find any still up.

He described the signs as “vile garbage.”

Syreeta Moore, a resident of Port Coquitlam, said she saw media posts about a “white Moms and Tots group” but by that time the racist signs which had been pinned up at bus stops and shopping malls, were taken down.

She told The Caribbean Camera that she is the mother of a young athlete who faced racism as she pursued national-level competition.

Moore also reported she was spat upon, eggs were thrown at her car and she received “dirty looks” from people in her community.

“I am now planning to leave for the United States and will be there until the current problems die down,” she told The Caribbean Camera.

“I am now scared to stay at home,” she said.