When a hateful flyer against immigration surfaced in a Brampton, Canada high school, students came up with an epic response.
A group called Immigration Watch passed out the offensive flyers around Brampton earlier this year. The flyer shows two images: one of an all-white crowd with the caption “From This…” and another of a group of Sikhs with the caption “To This…” From Huffington Post:
The handout was brought into the “Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity” class at Louise Arbour Secondary School by teacher Lanny Cedrone, who used it to spark discussion in his 11th grade course, according to the Brampton Guardian. The students then decided to respond to the bigoted circular by making their own flyer.
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“The reality is, the original flyer has misrepresented our experience in our day-to-day lives in Brampton,” Sonali Prasad, a student at the high school, told the Toronto Star. “Anybody could respond to hate with hate, and ignorance to ignorance. We want to go with an open mind and just give people the truth. That’s the difference.”
The students’ flyer contained the word “Unity,” and shows diverse faces of classmates smiling. Caption accompanied by the photo reveals an answer to the original flyer’s question, “Is this really what you want?” with the answer “Yes.”
Way to go guys! What a fine example of students speaking up for themselves and against racism and xenophobia.
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