A St. Louis man issued a call Wednesday for citizens in his adopted community to unite in love and peace as a means to counter hate speech that has surfaced against immigrants — especially members of the city’s large Bosnian community to which he belongs. His call comes in the wake of both the Ferguson protests and the hammer-attack death of Bosnian immigrant Zemir Begic Sunday in South St. Louis’ Bevo Mill neighborhood.
Vahid Saltaga points to a hate-filled YouTube video (“Ferguson, Bosnian Death Immigrant Warning!” to which I’m not providing a link) as one example of the hate speech that has surfaced. To counter it, the 24-year-old college student and native of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina published a four-minute video of his own. In it, he explains he has “a civic duty, as a human being, to promote love, peace and unity.”
I like his message. I think you will, too.
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