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Racist outrage

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 16/9/2012 (1681 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The distribution on the weekend of anti-Semitic posters that targeted Mayor Sam Katz and a number of prominent members of the city who are also Jewish is an outrage that should be taken seriously by police and the courts.

Indeed, every citizen should demand that the perpetrators be found and dealt with appropriately.

The posters were not just a slur against the mayor and Jews in general, they were an attack against the entire community and its broadly held values of tolerance and respect for human rights.

As the posters show, there are still people who hold hateful views based solely on the colour of a person's skin or their religious affiliation. Anti-Semitism in particular, as they say, is a light sleeper.

Racist views are generally a learned phenomenon, passed down from generation to generation, and they can be difficult to eradicate despite the efforts of the education system and the sanctions of law.

Other Jewish leaders who have been involved in high-profile projects in Winnipeg also have been forced to endure anti-Semitic innuendo and personal attacks based on their religion.

The bigots in these cases are undoubtedly some of the same people who oppose the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The museum, of course, will not eliminate racism. Nor will it halt the thugs who distributed the anti-Semitic posters in Winnipeg.

It will, however, help break down the generational continuum that sustains bigotry and ignorance. And hopefully it will turn bystanders into activists who will not stand for the kind of outrage witnessed in Winnipeg on the weekend.

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