Every Canadian knows that hate has no place in this country.
That’s why when two men allegedly scrawled hateful messages on the walls of Calgary’s Tuscany subway station last Friday, a group of residents banded together to respond in the best way possible.
Here’s what the station looked like when the vandals were done with it:
— bun (@baojunior) December 4, 2015
Now, aside from the fact that the culprits couldn’t even spell “Muslim” or “Syria” correctly, the remarks are nothing short of appalling. When Calgary residents Bilal Sher and his friends heard about what happened, they came up with an idea to rush down to the station and cover the hateful messages with posters preaching tolerance and peace. The posters featured quotes from Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., Jack Layton, Justin Trudeau and many others.
But once they arrived, city crews were already well into the process of removing the graffiti. No longer able to hang up their posters, the group came up with an even better idea.
“So instead, we decided we’d show up in the morning and hand out hearts and spread some cheer,” Sher wrote in a Facebook message. “The hateful messages really hurt some people, that kind of hate is actually very rare for Calgary, so we wanted to brighten someone’s day and make them remember that this city is a lot better than some hateful graffiti on a wall.”
Needless to say, their actions left quite an impact.
Huge applause for the people at Tuscany station spreading the word to love each-other following vandalism against Muslims yesterday @nenshi
— Nizar Walji (@NizarWalji) December 4, 2015
— XPASHA (@Saad_Pasta) December 4, 2015
The response to what happened at Tuscany station shows how great and loving people can be in face of ignorance and racism. — zoe Urness (@ZoeUrness) December 4, 2015
Just came from the graffitied Tuscany LRT where young people are holding signs proclaiming live and peace. #MyCalgary
— Kathleen Ralph (@Kathleen_Ralph) December 4, 2015
“The reaction at the station was overwhelmingly positive,” Sher wrote. “People have approached me online and offline and told me that they loved our action! It really made their day.”
In other words, Canada: 1 Hateful vandals: 0.