Graffiti on Calgary Pride flag crosswalk a failed attempt to divide: Black Lives Matter

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Nwofor said her group would never seek to override Calgary Pride’s message.

“Our message is not to take over Pride — we’re accomplices,” she said.

Crosswalk pride flags painted in the city’s downtown have been hit by vandals several times, while gay men and women have been physically assaulted in recent, high-profile cases.

Calgary Pride has always sought to have the vandalism of its flag murals repaired, until now.

A city spokeswoman said the graffiti won’t be scrubbed off, since Calgary Pride prefers it remains.

Nwofor said the recurring vandalism reflects the continued hostility towards oppressed minorities speaking out, but is also a sign it’s an outlook that’s losing ground.

“People are beginning to understand they don’t lose when someone else is winning or thriving,” she said.

Nwofor said she attended the Sept. 19 Red Deer anti-racism rally in which video images show people physically attacked by right-wing agitators she called a “terrorist hate group.” It’s the kind of assault that can traumatize participants but also bonds human rights activists together, she said.

She also pointed toopposition to a Black Lives Matter muralproposed for a site downtown in the same vein.

Opponents objected to a plan to paint the mural over an existing one at 7 Ave. and 1 St. S.E., which led the city last month to abandon the idea for a different spot. But the group spearheading the plan said it was also met with racist vitriol, something’s that’s followed an alternative project to paint a mural in Chinatown celebrating Black cowboy John Ware.

That site has been surrounded by fencing and subject to private security patrols.

“The fact we can’t gracefully get a mural painted in Calgary says much to me,” said Nwofor.

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