Behind the Story: I warned the white supremacists, 'I am brown'

When Jehan Casinader decided to visit some white supremacists, he faced opposition from colleagues in the newsroom questioning why he would give airtime to these hateful opinions.

As a child of Sri Lankan immigrants, Jehan was shocked to see a pamphlet circulating the Wairarapa saying 'Immigration=Ebola'.

So the former Seven Sharp reporter sought out a group of white pride activists who were preaching to their community that white people are under attack.

Calling them before his arrival, he warned them, "I am brown" and set out to ask the hard questions.

"Are you racist? Cause you sound racist," Jehan posed to the group's leader.

As Jehan spoke to members of this group, he says he didn't feel threatened, but instead discovered an abhorrent lack of understanding on the benefits of migrants to NZ.

"We know that people fear what they don't understand," he said.

Noting a level of risk and apprehension covering this story, Jehan said he was up for the challenge and for an open conversation.

"If a pakeha New Zealander went and covered this story it may've been easier in some way."

Produced and edited by Tasha Impey, camera by Richard Postles.

As a child of Sri Lankan immigrants, Jehan Casinader was shocked to see a pamphlet circulating the Wairarapa saying 'Immigration=Ebola'. Source: 1 NEWS


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