Stop Racist Smear Campaign Against School Board Candidates

Target: Thomas Lankey, Mayor of Edison Township, New Jersey

Goal: Stop racist smear campaign in New Jersey township.

Two Asian school board candidates in Edison Township, New Jersey are under attack by anonymous racist campaign ads demanding the deportation of all Asians. The campaign claims that Chinese and Indian residents are “taking over” the town and invokes President Trump’s campaign slogan, much to the disgusted outcry of the town. So far, the culprits remain anonymous.

This is horrifying, to say the least. President Trump’s election has encouraged racists and white supremacists to express their disgusting views freely all over the country, and this is just another ugly incident in a string of incidents already much too long. Candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel do not deserve this shabby treatment, and the people behind the mailers only aim to “Make Edison Great Again” for their own selfish kind.

The culprits must be found and severely punished for their actions. We cannot allow people like this to continue to fan the flames of hatred and encourage it in schools, a place where children should be taught to accept others instead of hatred. Sign this petition to demand the punishment of those who made the mailers and a full ban on racist behavior in this township.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Lankey,

A racist smear campaign was run against school board candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel, invoking President Trump’s campaign slogan and claiming that Chinese and Indian residents are somehow damaging Edison Township simply by living there. This disgusting act of racially-motivated hatred is just another link in a chain of such incidents that is already much too long.

It is understood that an investigation is currently underway to find the culprits. You must punish them as severely as possible once they are discovered, make an example of them and immediately enact a full ban on any more racist actions such as this. Now is a time when people, especially school children, need to learn tolerance and acceptance above all else. Shi and Patel deserve justice for the humilation and cruelty they have suffered.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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