Racism is intolerable… yet many of us still have a handful of stories of how we have experienced racism. Although, we have come a long way as a society, stereotypes are perpetuated over and over again on a daily basis. Raise your hands against racism.
In January 2015, we ran a story about Lawrence Lam who experienced racism on a bus from a fellow rider. The rider was upset of people speaking their native language in Canada and Lawrence questioned his opinion.
Shushma Datt, a South Asian broadcasting pioneer vividly remembers her struggle throughout her career due to race. “As an immigrant to Canada I met many obstacles in my career and although things are getting better, I look forward to the day that racism is finally eradicated for good. I feel it is incumbent on media and political figures to help in this process. As a holder of a public broadcasting licence it is our responsibility to do everything we can to serve the public interest”.
On March 7th from 12pm to 4pm at City Halls and community centres all over the Lower Mainland, Spice Radio invites you to put a colourful handprint and sign their anti-racism banners.
Want to participate? Use the hashtag #HandsAgainstRacism on social media. Or share your personal story on how you have experienced racism and how you have overcome it? Email us and we may share your story on Vancity Buzz to empower others.
See some popular Vancouverites participating on social media…
— Spice Radio 1200AM (@SpiceRadioVan) February 17, 2015
— Maurine Karagianis (@mkaragianis) February 26, 2015