10/14/2014 05:59 EDT | Updated 12/14/2014 05:59 EST

#IStandWithMunira born out of racist graffiti targeting Ward 2 candidate

"Go back home" were the words scrawled in red on a campaign sign of Ward 2 candidate Munira Abukar over the long weekend. Her face had been scribbled out and her name overwritten with "b----." 

In an interview with CBC News, the 22-year-old said "it's not a matter of being sad. It's a matter of taking anger and applying it positively and saying 'I don't give in to hate. I don't give in to coercion and bullying.'"