The Anti-Defamation League is launching a major public awareness initiative with an 80-second public service video that imagines the contributions that victims of high-profile hate crimes might have made to society had their lives not been brutally cut short by racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism.
Set to John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the video pays tribute to the lives of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hate crime victims Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., Holocaust-era diarist Anne Frank, former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and slain Journalist Daniel Pearl and others by imagining their impact on society had they survived into the present day.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL’s national director and a Holocaust survivor, said in a news release, “In our work over the last 100 years, and particularly in the aftermath of the Holocaust and other incidents of hate, we have always asked the question, ‘What if?’ ‘What if’ America had been a more tolerant and welcoming society? ‘What if’ more people had stood up to defy Hitler? What kind of world could we imagine for our children and grandchildren if more people stood up to say ‘no’ to racism, bigotry, prejudice and anti-Semitism?”
He continued, “As we look toward the future, we are hopeful that the dream of a world without hate will become a reality, as more and more individuals join ADL as allies in building a world where hate is not fostered, and where diversity is embraced as a cherished strength.”
The Imagine a World Without Hate campaign was conceived by ADL in partnership with the creative team at Publicis Kaplan Thaler in honor of the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding in 1913.
Barbara B. Balser, ADL centennial chair, stated, “As we work toward securing a world that is more respectful and free of prejudice, we remember those who lost their lives as a consequence of hatred, terrorism, extremism and genocide. We pay tribute to these great individuals and to the loved ones who carry on their legacies, as we imagine how much more they could have contributed to our society and our world if only they had survived.”
The public service video may be viewed at http://www.wisconsingazette.com/news/.