Thursday, April 24, 2014

The ADL challenges us to change history

As part of a public awareness campaign to coincide with its 100th anniversary, the Anti-Defamation League has put out a powerful new video that's sure to send a chill up and down the spines of even the most hardened of cynics.

Titled Imagine A World Without Hate, it challenges viewers to envision a world without racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism, one in which the hate violence that took the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Matthew Shepard and others did not happen.

"Imagine what these individuals could have continued to contribute to society if bigotry, hate and extremism had not cut their lives tragically short," the blurb accompanying the video says.

Set to John Lennon's iconic song Imagine, it shows newspaper, web and magazine articles with headlines such as "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 84, Champions Immigration Reform," "Anne Frank wins Nobel Prize for her 12th novel," "Yitzhak Rabin, 90, honoured for nearly two decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace," and "Harvey Milk expands LGBT equality globally."

The tagline at the end reads, "If we all stood up to bigotry, we could change history."

How true.

See it for yourself.

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