Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Anna Maranta, Ottawa Rabbi, Finds Swastika Spraypainted On Home Door

An Ottawa rabbi says her front door was hit with racist graffiti between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Anna Maranta posted a photo of the graffiti on Facebook. It showed a swastika and anti-Semitic slur in red paint.

Maranta said the hateful message is an example of what has been "unleashed" by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

"This. This is what has been unleashed by the American president-elect, and those that support him," she wrote.

Maranta, a social activist, uses her home as a prayer space, according to the Ottawa Citizen. She told the paper she has received verbal abuse before, but nothing to the level of the hateful graffiti.

The appropriate response to the graffiti is opening up dialogue, Maranta said.

“We need to talk and communicate and prepare meals and learn to overcome differences by finding commonalities," she said.

Maranta asks anyone with information about the graffiti to contact her or the Ottawa Police Service's hate crimes unit.

Original Article
Author: Mohamed Omar

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