Racism and acts of hate don’t just exist in big cities or towns south of the border. Only a few weeks after the upheaval in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, this graffiti was spotted in Smiths Falls on the unused railway path by the Bascule Bridge.
One resident who walks that path regularly (and asked not to be named) wonders — have others seen this? What’s behind it? Does this imply hidden tensions in the town? Is it teenagers acting without thinking?
While the majority of the population of Smiths Falls is caucasian, there are people in the community who are not. But no matter the diversity of the town (or lack thereof) demonstrations of hate and racism are not acceptable.
* Update *
Since the posting of this article, Hometown News has been notified that the town is aware of this vandalism and is working toward a fix.
The intent of this posting is to bring awareness to the topic of racism, not to offend. This is not an isolated incident as others have told us they have felt discriminated against or been on the receiving end of unsavoury comments.
This photo has sparked a lot of reaction from people, but the staff of Hometown News feel that everyone needs to understand that these behaviours exist even within our small community.
We started the conversation, we’re hoping our readers will continue it within their own circles and make Smiths Falls a place that everyone feels welcome.