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Teenager alters racist graffiti to spread message of peace

2015-02-21 09:27:41

Luke HollandLuke Holland pictured on Institute Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham. Luke scrubbed some racist graffiti off a wall. 13/02/15

A Birmingham teenager took on racists who scrawled Islamophobic graffiti across a bus stop by giving them a lesson in spreading peace.

Luke Holland, aged 17, changed the racist meaning of remarks he found daubed across a Kings Heath bus stop from offensive to positive.

With his trusty magic marker pen, he changed 'No More Mosquess (sic)' to 'More Mosquess' and 'Mosquers (sic) Are A Breadings (sic) Ground For Terrorists' to 'Mosquers Are A Breadings For LOVE'.

He also added a peace sign and a heart to illustrate his point.

Luke said: "I have never seen racist graffiti before. I have seen some rude pictures on the bus but nothing like that.

"I thought just change that and make peace and love."

Luke, who is running as an Independent candidate in this May's elections, reported the graffiti to the council who promptly removed it the following morning.

Luke said he couldn't walk away and felt compelled to do something about the graffiti when he saw it last Monday night at 10pm.

Luke HollandLuke Holland, 17, of Kings Heath who altered racist graffiti to spread message of peace

Luke, who runs his own eco-cleaning business company, said: "I was going home on the night bus just after doing my outreach with the homeless in town.

"I walked past the bus stop outside Poundland by Institute Road. I thought 'What the hell? I was shocked. I couldn't leave it there, the spelling was terrible. I thought that were trying to say 'Mosques Are A Breeding Ground for Terrorists' but it said 'Breading.'

"We live in such a diverse city, I couldn't go to bed knowing it was there. So I thought let's jazz it up."

"I did add to the graffiti but it got rid of the racially aggravating hate crime graffiti. You will get some people who will hate me but you can't please everyone.

"I did report it to the council graffiti team and it was removed."

He said: "You can't let racism divide us. You can't let far right groups rip us apart. I'm proud to be a Brummie."

Luke did report the matter to the police after it was cleaned off.

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