And this should be the action of anyone who has a problem with a business' signage.
So what if everyone adopts this philosophy then? If you don't like it, don't come? Doesn't it go against everything we're trying desperately to avoid? That, to me, is a big step backward. Is it not?
Do we not lose the "multi" part if we all can't participate together? Is exclusion and segregation a direction we really want to head (back) to? That's what this leads to.
It's not racist to want to join in. It's not racist to stand up against an attitude that says "I don't care - if you don't like it don't come here...it's my property and I'll do as I please". That's not something we should adopt...it isn't the "Canadian" way. The Canadian way is to share a sense of "community" that everyone can enjoy, but this does little to support that.
I'm tired of people using the "veiled racism" card. How about applying it to those who really don't care to cater to anyone but their own? Do you not see that you're being hypocrites in not applying your thinking across the board. So Chinese people who come without any intention or desire to assimilate, communicate, or associate with anyone aren't being "racist"? Give me a break...it's a two sided coin. Maybe we should change the city welcome from "Island City by Nature" to "If You Don't Like It, Don't Come"?
Honestly, that's what you're suggesting? That's in the best interest of the residents? No, it's not.
Seriously - don't throw out the "veiled racist" BS unless you are applying it across the board and have the same standards for all. The day I can say "sorry, if you don't like it don't come" without being called a racist is the day I'll accept the same in return. That isn't the case, so I rest mine. Not a bone of racism in my body...I just like fair treatment for all. I have lived here my entire life and have never seen this before...it isn't about positive change, or I'd be on board. The day I'm being sent the message "go elsewhere" is a sorry day indeed.
I want Richmond to continue to be a place where we know our neighbours. Where we gather at places as friends, not have to avoid them because we're unsure. I don't think my way of thinking is wrong. Most of my friend/neighbours and people I do business with are Chinese. And they, too, express the same feelings. Hell, you only need scroll through to see that many here in support of this ARE Chinese people. So they're "racist"? C'mon, come up with something more creative.