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Edmonton resident fights 'alt-right' posters on Whyte Ave with love

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Matt Edmonds is spreading love instead of hate after "alt-right" posters appeared on Whyte Ave Monday morning.

Jeremy Simes / Metro

Matt Edmonds is spreading love instead of hate after "alt-right" posters appeared on Whyte Ave Monday morning.

Matt Edmonds is writing “nope” and “this is laughable” on posters in Edmonton that encourage white nationalism or feelings of white victimhood.

“Silence is just a form of agreement,” said Edmonds of the posters, which have appeared along Whyte Avenue. “If I were a person of colour, I’d want to see people resisting this.”

Unknown people have put up posters connected to the “alt-right” in Edmonton, which onlookers discovered Monday morning.

The posters read, “It’s only racist when white people do it,” and, “Tired of anit-white propaganda? You are not alone.”

Edmonds said he was stunned to see the posters Monday morning.

“I want to believe that Edmonton is an accepting, multicultural, vibrant city,” he said. “At least my experience — which is of a white man — hasn’t been hate-filled and there hasn’t been overt racism in the city, so for this thing to crop up was shocking.”

Alt-right website and YouTube channels by Stefan Molyneux and Black Pigeon Speaks appeared on the posters.

Black Pigeon Speaks and Molyneaux’s content is connected to the alt-right, a movement that can be linked to white nationalism, anti-immigration, pro-Donald Trump and anti-political correctness.

Metro has requested comment from such groups, but hasn’t yet heard back.

Even though Edmonds hasn’t experienced racism in the city, there have been three high-profile racist incidents in the city. They include anti-Sikh posters at the University of Alberta, and the caught-on-tape altercations involving Jesse Lipscombe and Bashir Mohamed.

Alt-right posters have also appeared in Toronto and, since President-elect Trump’s win, there has been a barrage of crimes against people of colour in the United States.

Edmonds said he left the posters up — with his own comments — as a sign of solidarity with people of colour. 

“I hope people know that these ideas aren’t welcome in Edmonton, or anywhere,” he said. “I’d love people to contribute their own thoughts on the posters because I think there’s a lot of strength in numbers.”

Love trumps hate, he added.

“If there’s an overwhelming response of love for people of colour, I think that speaks more loudly than a couple of posters can.”

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