Quiet Riot from the streets of Surrey

How is Surrey getting blamed for a riot in Vancouver? The answer is simple, people don’t understand Surrey, especially people who live on the “good” side of the bridges and tunnels. There was an outdoor viewing site in Surrey for game 7 in what is one of the poorest and least loved areas of the city. Whalley or “Central City” comes a close second to the downtown east side for its open drug use and visual appeal but has served as Surrey’s public gathering site for a few years now. There were no riots in Whalley, no fights, just disappointed Canuck fans who went home instead of burning cars. They didn’t get on the Skytrain and head for Vancouver, they just went home.

Now I’m not saying that no one involved in the riot was from Surrey, simple demographics and population numbers will tell you that they were there. What I am saying is that the area we live in is called the Greater Vancouver Regional District for a reason. There were people from all over the GVRD involved in this horrible night and to pin it on Surrey just because you have heard that Surrey is a “bad” town is wrong, unfair and is the same mentality of the people involved in this riot. To me it borders on racism given the ethnic diversity of Surrey.

What did I see last night? I saw my hockey team lose, I saw people in a pub in Surrey upset but not angry and I saw a family standing on the side of the road an hour after the game had ended waiving their Canucks towels and cheering to cars passing by. That is what Surrey is to me, my home, a misunderstood place that has always treated me well and a place where I’m proud to raise my daughter.

I’m from Surrey, the best city on earth.

Scott.

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7 thoughts on “Quiet Riot from the streets of Surrey

  1. When I think of Surrey the only thing I think of is “god it’s a long way to drive everyday. Glad I don’t have to commute from there to downtown.”

    No prejudice from me.

    To be honest, I’d be more likely to blame Langley. Those hicks 😉

  2. I completely agree with you. All the Surrey haters are people who have probably never been here or been shown a nice time here.

    As a Surrey person seeing these riots angered me a lot and made me want to go downtown and assist stopping these thugs myself but alas that is not my duty nor would it be safe; a job best left for police.

    Our city has great and horrible people just like any other place in the world and I am sick and tired of these Vancouver people thinking they are better than us. I spend most of my time in Vancouver and neither of us are any different then each other so why all the hate?

  3. Thanks for this post! The only thing I disagree with is comparing Whalley to the dtes, it’s not even close. Whalley is full of families, homes, parks, recreation centers, schools, new condo developments and a few of Surrey’s less fortunate. Yes there are social problems but not on such a vaste scale that many assume. That being said, thanks again for this post.

    • Hey Jenny, thanks for your response! I totally agree with your view of Whalley, my comparison was simply to illustrate that Surrey has unsavory areas just like anywhere else but we still maintained civility while riots were happening in Vancouver. The outward appearance of Whalley is actually quite beautiful with Holland Park and the Central City complex. You have to dig a little deeper to find the conditions i was referring to. Thanks for loving Surrey as much as I do!!

  4. I think the targeted hatred towards a particular city, group, gender, and/or race is ridiculous. As much as we make fun of the other municipalities, the ‘vigilante’ mob mentality is dangerously targeting groups rather than individuals. As we start to see the identities of the rioters, a lot identified are high school/college kids who may be the son or daughter of your neighbor or friend. As a society who’s trying to heal and figure out what happened, we should be looking at the heart of the issue, resolving that, and figuring out preventitive measures rather than blaming a group. We are treading familiar, uncomfortable, and dangerous territories when we start doing that.

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