There’s been a lot of public hate going around in the world today, but it’s incredible to see that there are also people out there fighting it. Corey Fleischer has been removing offensive graffiti from around Montreal for over five years and he’s hoping that he can do the same in Toronto and other cities across Canada.
“The first time I drove by, spent the whole day thinking about it and left a paying job, went back and erased it,” Fleischer told Your Morning‘s Ben Mulroney.
“Removing hate, the feeling was extremely euphoric so I got extremely addicted to it. And I found myself secretly roaming around the city of Montreal for around four to five years looking to try to erase any hate I could see scrawled upon a wall,” he said.
After operating alone for several years, Fleischer took to social media to widen his search for hateful graffiti and start an “Erasing Hate” movement. He now has several thousand people hunting with him for hate crimes around the city which he then removes with a power-washer for free.
“The process is: if you see anything that’s demeaning to any community, any religion, really anybody, you reach out to me through my private page on Facebook,” he informed, “So they upload the picture, and within 24 hours the hate crime will be removed.”
Fleischer is now in Toronto to do the very same thing he’s been doing in Montreal for years. He also wants to raise awareness that there is a service out there that people can turn to when they come across hate crimes.
“We’re going to make Toronto the second city in the world that has a system in place that erases these hate crimes free of charge,” he said. He also encouraged anyone world-wide to contact him if they come across derogatory graffiti and made the same guarantee that it will be removed within 24 hours. He says the feeling of removing hate from the world and helping communities feel safer is unparalleled.
“I’m extremely proud of what erasing hate has accomplished in the past two years,” he said, “From fifty hate crimes to thousands of hate crimes in no time and really, the sky’s the limit.”
Well Canada, looks like we’ve found our real-life Superman. The work Fleischer has done is incredible and it looks like he won’t be stopping anytime soon. If there’s something hateful in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Corey Fleischer!