A team from the ethnic minorities hub at PKAVS have spent the week scouring the streets of Perth to remove racist stickers.
The PA revealed on Tuesday that posters saying ‘It’s okay to be white’ were stuck to lampposts across the city centre, including in Tay Street, Marshall Place and George Street.
The slogan has been widely used by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in America, including the Ku Klux Klan.
They had sparked concern from a number of local groups including Perth Against Racism, with one woman from the BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) community saying she feared for her family’s safety.
However, PKAVS said they have been working fast to remove as many of these stickers as they can from the city centre.
Paul Graham, the group’s chief executive, said: “As the key established agency supporting minority ethnic communities in Perth and Kinross, we were of course disappointed to see materials appearing in Perth which are associated with a global far right movement with white supremacist underpinnings.
“We would, however, like to take this opportunity to praise our fellow members of the safer communities partnership who acted so quickly to both remove the stickers themselves and record the incident.
“This is an excellent example of the ongoing commitment to robust partnerships between public and third sector organisations in our area which contribute to a fairer and more equal Perth and Kinross.”
The charity has also said it wants to help support anyone from the local minority ethnic community who has been affected by this.
Those affected can call the hub’s free helpline, which is open weekdays from 10am until 2pm, on 0800 009 2965.
The team from PKAVS’s was joined by Perth and Kinross Council’s community wardens to remove the racist stickers.
A spokesperson for the local authority said: “The council was very disappointed to hear that these stickers had been put up in Perth - we were alerted to their presence yesterday and responded immediately - our community wardens have already removed a number of them, and further checks have been taking place today.
“We understand a formal complaint has been made to Police Scotland and we are also liaising with our colleagues at PKAVS.
“Should anyone find any more such inappropriate material in public places, they can let us know where they are by calling our customer service centre on 01738 475000 or emailing [email protected] so we can arrange for their prompt removal.”
A number of politicians have also condemned the posters.
John Swinney, MSP for Perthshire North, said: “These stickers are revolting, and an affront to all decent people across Perthshire.
“These dog-whistle, white nationalist sentiments are completely unwelcome across our region.
“I stand in solidarity with all minority groups across Perthshire, and I am profoundly sorry that such rhetoric has blighted our city.”
Roseanna Cunningham, MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, said: “There is a clear subtext of white supremacist thinking behind the slogan and that is a poisonous and odious ideology that has no place on the streets of Perth, or anywhere else.”
And Peter Barrett, councillor for the city centre at Perth and Kinross Council, said: “This is despicable hate speech.
“It is covert racism disguising white supremacist views.
“People should be in no doubt this is no innocuous joke.
“It is the thin end of the wedge and an attempt by racists to get their foot in the door.”