Chair Bradley’s statement against vandalism and racism at Harriet Tubman Public School
Regional Chair Jim Bradley issued the following statement following the discovery of racist and homophobic vandalism at Harriet Tubman Public School in St. Catharines:
“I join with residents all over Niagara in expressing my unreserved repudiation of the vandalism that occurred over the weekend at Harriet Tubman School in St. Catharines.
There is no excuse or justification for the defacement of any public property, let alone a school and statue designed to honour one of history’s most recognized advocates for freedom, and noted conductor of the Underground Railroad.
This inexcusable act of vandalism is in no way emblematic of the vast majority of residents of our region, and it is exceptionally disappointing to see this type of activity continues to occur more than 150 years after the end of slavery in the United States. It is disheartening to know that anyone would conduct themselves in such a destructive and vicious manner.
While this act is unacceptable in every possible way, it is important to remember that the cowardly individuals who carried out this vandalism will not have any lasting impact on Harriet Tubman’s legacy. I can take some satisfaction in knowing that Harriet Tubman will continue to stand as an icon of courage and freedom, serving as an inspiration to millions nearly 110 years after her death.”
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