Asian American Candidates Targeted by Racist Campaign Mailers Win School Board Election

Edison public school board candidates (from left to right) Jerry Shi, Beth Moroney, Falguni Patel, and Paul Distefano. (Photo credit: News India Times)

In a repudiation of racist campaign mailers sent to the residents of Edison, New Jersey, the school board candidates targeted by the flyers have won their races for the Edison public school board.

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Racist Anti-Asian Campaign Mailers Sent to New Jersey Residents

An uncredited campaign mailer sent to residents of Edison, New Jersey this week. (Photo credit: NJ.com)

An unknown number of Edison, New Jersey residents received a racist, anti-Asian campaign mailer in the post earlier this week attacking local school board candidates Falguni Patel and incumbent¬†Jerry Shi. The mailer proclaims that we should “Make Edison Great Again” and that “the Chinese and Indians are taking over our town!”

“Chinese school! Indian school! Cricket fields! Enough is Enough!!” reads the text of the postcard, which also includes images of Patel and Shi above “Deport” graphics.

The back of the mailer lists several anti-Asian stereotypes — including the Perpetual Foreigner stereotype — with the text: “Stop the overcrowding! Stop taking over our sports fields! Stop the McMansions! Stop the multiple families living in the same house! Stop wasting school holidays! Stop the outsiders! Let’s take back our Edison & our schools!”

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