Emily GirschNov 6, 2017, 11:15 pmNov 7, 2017, 11:50 am

Edison community rally against hate after racist fliers sent out to residents

Images of 2 school board candidates were featured on the racist fliers

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EDISON — Community leaders and residents rallied against racism on Monday night after fliers depicting two school board candidates with the words "deport" over their pictures were sent around town.

"This was a disgraceful thing. We wanted to show that not everyone believes what was in that horrible hate mail," resident Gisele Jacobson said.

The flier also said "make Edison great again" and "the Chinese and the Indians are taking over our town."

"I have raised my two kids here. I love this town and this town is not all about these racial fliers and we as a community will come together to defeat this," resident Chandra Patel said.

Parent Ke Zheng who is Chinese says he had to explain what racism is to his children after seeing the fliers.

“My son is 10-years old. When I asked him, ‘Do you know what racism is?’ He was so surprised to hear the word because we've been living in harmony with all these cultures, different people; we've never had any issues," Zheng said.

Candidate Larry Deutchman says the fliers hurt him personally.

"I know, as a Jew, what racism is like. I know what my father went through, I know what my grandfather went through. It has no place in any community in the United States," he said.

Community leaders say education is key to putting a stop to racism, as well as documenting and taking action against each and every incident.

The mailers include no information on who paid for them, which is a violation of election law.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is leading an investigation into who is responsible.

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