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Mayor says viral video not the 'real Richmond' as city celebrates World Festival

Last Updated Aug 31, 2019 at 8:12 am PST

The Richmond World Festival wraps up Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. (Source: Facebook/Richmond World Festival)
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Brodie says he would be upset if his city was characterized by the completely misguided approach of one person

The festival wraps up Saturday night at 10 p.m. in Minoru Park

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – One person’s bad behaviour doesn’t reflect the city. That’s what the mayor of Richmond is saying as his city celebrates diversity after a video of a racist rant in a local parking lot went viral on social media.

In the video, which surfaced earlier this month, a white woman raises her voice at a woman off-camera after what appears to be a parking dispute. The woman sticks her tongue out, repeatedly uses a racial slur, and swears at the woman off-camera.

“Go back to China where you belong,” she says. “We hate you people.”

The video was watched thousands of times online, but no charges were laid after the huge backlash. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says the woman’s actions don’t represent the real Richmond.

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“The events that took place in that video were so unfortunate and reprehensible,” he says. “This was one person’s bad behaviour, and cannot in any way reflect on the city.”

Brodie says the Richmond World Festival is a much better representation of the city’s spirit.

“We have Vancouver Cantonese Opera, we have a Mexican dance ensemble, we have Coast Salish performers, Bhangra dancers, and some drum dancers from Japan.”

He says he would be upset if his city was characterized by the completely misguided approach of one person.

“This is an opportunity for us to express our understanding as a city, and to celebrate our rich and vibrant cultures of the people who live here.”

There are eight stages at this fifth year of the event, along with dozens of food trucks and kids activities, all at Minoru Park. Brodie has been expecting more than 55,000 people to take part. The festival finishes at 10:00 on Saturday night.