Black community centre in Montreal target of vandalism and racist note
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 2:56PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:25PM EDT
A Montreal building housing a black community association has been the target of vandalism.
Vandals spray painted graffiti and the words “PQ rules” on the building housing the West Island Black Community Association located in the Roxboro neighbourhood on Tuesday.
A note reading “nigger go home” was also left inside the association’s mailbox.
The incident has been reported to police and the note has been handed over to investigators.
The note and graffiti was found by WIBCA president Tomacuita James around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
James is the mother of Yolande James, a Liberal member of the National Assembly.
Yolande is the first black woman to be elected to the National Assembly, as well as the first black cabinet minister in the province’s history.
The 34-year-old MNA is currently the Minister of Families.
Tomacuita told CTV Montreal that she is shocked and saddened by the vandalism and the note.
“I have all kinds of emotions, but most of all disappointment and anger,” she said. “What is the reason for this? People have to be so very careful with their words, because words are very powerful, and you really don’t know what the effect of your words is going to be.
“We’ve been in existence for 30 years, and in 30 years nothing like this has ever happened.”
Tomacuita said she does not believe the graffiti and the note are random acts, but rather are connected to her daughter’s political career.
“Everybody knows that Yolande is my daughter,” she said.
Yolande is currently running for re-election to the National Assembly in the riding of Nelligan.
The WIBCA is a community organization dedicated to the development of youth educational and leadership programming including tutoring workshops, sports programming and day camps.
The association says membership is open to all people, regardless of race, religion or ethnic origin.
With files from CTV Montreal