Young Brothers Stand Up For Sisters With Down Syndrome

The power of brotherly love will overcome ignorant hatred and stereotyping every time. In this case, the Hollis brothers from Illinois stepped up to the plate to defend their adopted sisters from foolish hatred based on ignorance.

The six and seven-year-old brothers said that they felt the need to record a YouTube video that would help them and everyone else in the world stand up against bullying. In this specific case, the two caring brothers were standing up for their adopted sisters Meg and Alina who both have Down Syndrome (an incurable genetic condition leading to lack of intellectual development).

Keep in mind that the Hollis family lives in a small town in Illinois, and that crime or hate speech is very rare. However, the family woke up one recent morning to find their property had been attacked by ignorant bullies.

“We live in a small town in Central Illinois and woke one morning in April 2011 to find our home and cars had been spray-painted,” mother Anne Hollis explains in a social media post. “That day changed my life forever.”

As you can see in the pictures, mean, insulting words like “retard” and “get outta here”, as well as nasty expletives, were spray-painted in red on their white and yellow house.

The family was shocked by this unprovoked display of ignorance and hatred. Given the small town lifestyle in the Midwest, the Hollis’s said that never expected to find such hate coming from people in their community.

However, rather than allow the bullies to have the last word in this incident, the two brothers decided that the best thing to do was to tell the world that those hateful words are not okay and should not be in anyone’s vocabulary.

So these two enterprising young men made a Youtube video explaining this to everybody. The good news is that it wasn’t long after uploading their video that the inclusiveness initiative Everyone Matters happened across their powerful and emotional message about their sisters.

When they saw how moving the brothers’ simple message was, they asked the Hollis family if they could feature the video to their global audience. The family agreed to the proposal as it was most definitely a message worth sharing with everyone all over the world.

The producers at EM added a moving introduction and an emotional soundtrack, but it’s the Hollis brothers’ sincere message that makes the video really make you think and makes the video work. In the super cute clip, the six and seven-year-old are holding note cards to tell the world about their adopted sisters that have Down Syndrome.

The thoughtful boys hold up cards with words all starting with ‘Re,’ such as ‘Realizing,’ ‘Reaching,’ and ‘Respect.’ All of these words are designed to tell a story about their amazing sisters.

Notice that all the words that start with ‘Re’ that the brothers use are far less insulting than the hurtful word spray-painted on their home.

These well-raised young men deserve major kudos for supporting their sisters.

Source: Shareably, Little Things
Photo: YouTube

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