Flea market shoppers call out 'redneckish' decals, T-shirts
'As Canadians we got to show compassion, we got to show respect for other people'
T-shirts and decals telling newcomers they're not wanted in Alberta are being sold online and at least one Edmonton flea market this weekend.
At the Super Flea Market at 12011 111 Avenue this weekend, customers could buy decals reading, "Speak English, or get the f--k out".
Similar material is available online. For $30 you can get a T-shirt, delivered in time for Christmas, with messages such as: "Fit in or f--k off" and "F--k off, we're full".
Customers outside the flea market were not impressed.
"As Canadians we got to show compassion, we got to show respect for other people.
"If we were in the same situation, if our country was being bombed and going to hell in a handbasket, I would hope other countries would open up their hearts for us," McMurray said referring to the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in Canada over the next few weeks.
Ramsey Steinhauer called it racism.
"There's still people still living in the back, in the ages still," he said. "Like they still live in that racism, that hate, and they can't even get on with their life.
"The future's coming."
Mayor Don Iveson said Monday the decal and T-shirt messaging is small minded and are the voice of a small group of people he calls "the grumpy sideshow."
"I have a good sense of what this community's values are," he said. "Those are not this community's values.
"We're open, we're welcoming, we're inclusive," he said. "Most people realize we're made stronger by the contributions of different cultures, different perspectives and that some of the hardest working people we have are the people that just got here."