The Anti-Defamation League Imagines A World Without Hate

I’ve been writing about a lot of lunkheaded ads lately, but I’m going to take a step back for a minute to write about a video that is very well done and poignant. The Anti-Defamation League created this spot for its centennial. It features important people who were all killed on the basis of hatred and is accompanied by John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Dr. Martin Luther King and Anne Frank are probably the best known figures, but it also showcases Harvey Milk, Daniel Pearl, James Byrd, Matthew Shepard, and Yitzhak Rabin. Most hauntingly, the video contains mock newspaper headlines/stories which imagine what these figures might be doing now had they lived to see their full potential. The question “what if?” is ultimately a very sad and thought-provoking one. Still, the video ends with a feeling of hope that we as a people have learned from these martyrs and will change for the better. Great work.

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