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  • Racism and xenophobia are, unfortunately, everywhere.

  • However, one woman is turning this into this.

  • Meet Germany's hate destroyer.

  • In Germany, former teacher Irmela Mensah-Schramm has made it her life mission to remove any neo-Nazi stickers and graffiti around her country.

  • It's no easy feat though.

  • "No."

  • And how does one arm oneself for a war against street hate?

  • "I do this with a scraper, nail polish remover or I use color spray."

  • Irmela's been covering, removing and obscuring these messages since the eighties.

  • She keeps a record of everything she's wiped out, all over her country.

  • "Since January 3, 2007, I have removed over 77,500 stickers."

  • Every day, except for Sundays.

  • Irmela packs her bags and heads off to the streets.

  • Sometimes she nails a big one, like this heart.

  • It used to be a swastika.

  • Other times, it's small, but even the crudest message doesn't slip by.

  • "My school education was unfortunately shaped in a way that we weren't exposed to much Nazi history."

  • "It was a taboo subject."

  • "And when I visited a concentration camp for the first time, it really gave me the shock of a lifetime."

  • "I must do something so that the past does not repeat itself."

  • And as long as there's hate in this world;

  • Irmela will be there, can in hand.

  • "I have to be honest, when I come home after, knowing that I am able to remove all these things, then I feel good again."

Racism and xenophobia are, unfortunately, everywhere.

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    Celeste posted on 2019/08/29
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