The day after someone left a racist jack-o-lantern outside Native Studies at the University of Alberta, a message reading 'It's okay to be white' was taped to the building's front door. Native Studies Dean Chris Andersen said he found it when he got to work Tuesday morning, and tore it down before too many people saw it. He said he's not sure whether it was targeted at his office, or at East Asian Studies, which is on the floor above.
The jack-o'-lantern, which had feathers sticking out of its head and streaks cut across it’s face, was propped up on a low wall outside Pembina Hall, which houses the Faculty of Native Studies. Grad student Chelsea Vowel, who tweets under the name @apihtawikosisan, said she was in “disbelief” when she saw it.
Walking outside the Matrix hotel Sunday morning, Aziz Kanji, a Muslim Edmontonian, said scapegoating can happen after events like this. "As a Muslim person who had gone through 9/11 here, nobody sat next to me on a bus," he said. "People have their own agendas, they want to do their own thing and the easiest thing to blame is race or religion." His girlfriend, Chelsea Lawrie, said she worried for her boyfriend's safety.
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