inPort, December 4, 1996 Students urged to combat hatred By Susan DeRuiter For InPort/PORT COLBORNE KENNETH MCVAY FROM the B'nai Brith Canada League for Human Rights had three questions for Port Colborne High School students who attended his recent presentation: * What kind of world do you want to live in? * How does the material you are going to see affect you? * What do you think should be done about this? "You guys own the world," said McVay. "You'll be in university, on city council and in business...you decide... you've got to fix it." McVay went on to give several illustrations of individuals who are spreading lies and hatred on the Internet. "Denying the holocaust doesn't affect the Jewish community alone, it causes pain and dissention in the whole community," said McVay. The human rights representative said denying the holocaust is part of Hitler cleansing, making him look like a misunderstood patriot and making fascism respectable. But the fascism murdered millions of people, he pointed out. Having all the students stand, McVay illustrated how for one reason or another they would all have been killed during the Second World War. Some sat down because they had bad genes that would have been considered inferior, some had Slavid backgrounds, some would have helped a Jewish friend and one was Jewish. "You would all be dead," said McVay. It has been said that Hitler was able to do what he did because good people did nothing. McVay says he is attempting to bring good people to action. "They (neo-nazi organizations) are going to be looking for you... you're prime recruiting material," McVay told the students. Giving example after example of men involved in spreading hate, McVay asked "What are you going to do about it?" "Kill him, torture him, ignore him," were some of the replies. Violence that leads to violence will not better society, said McVay. Ignore him and in six months swastikas will appear on buildings and Jewish cemetaries will have their head stones knocked over. That's what happened in Windsor when George Burdi moved there McVay reminded the students. "There is a solution that works," said McVay. "A solution that will undo his work and make it more difficult - education. Community education and community involvement are the only things that work. "We are a society that lives in denial," said McVay. "We pretend we don't have these problems or we get the government to pass a law to make it illegal. When we stop living with denial and start solving the problem in our community, we make things happen. Don't propagate a lie."
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