Support Anti-Racism Week

2016-03-17 06:00

WE live in times that require a vigorous approach and a fearless stand for the rule of law, human rights and equality in South Africa and everywhere else.

Why are South Africans so angry? Why do we label, hurt, abuse, slander, exclude, discriminate and humiliate our fellow citizens?

From yesterday to March 21 is Anti-Racism Week in South Africa. This initiative is not only important, but is needed in order to heal from our atrocious past.

Racism has existed throughout human history and can take many forms or outlines towards certain communities because of skin colour, nationality or language.

It often manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice. On a structural level, racism serves to perpetuate inequalities in access to power, resources and opportunities across racial and ethnic groups.

The belief that a particular race or ethnicity is inferior or superior to others is sometimes used to justify such inequalities. At its most serious, racism can result in acts of harassment, intimidation, physical or verbal abuse and violence.

Racism stops because of the actions we take individually and collectively. We all have a role to play in taking action against racism wherever we see it. Moreover, we need to support initiatives to stop it from happening.

To support the Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela foundations’ Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA), visit the website


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