This March Raise Your Hands Against Racism with Spice Radio.
Now in its second year, Raise Your Hands Against Racism challenges people around the world to raise their hands, and show that the colour of our skin shouldn’t define us or separate us. The original event was conceived by Spice Radio 1200AM broadcaster Shushma Datt, inspired by the Hindu festival of Holi.
“Everybody throws colour at one another, and under those millions of colours you don’t know who is there,” Datt told Vancity Buzz. “There is no distinction between people. No caste, no religion, no one; everybody is the same.”
In that vein, Raise Your Hands Against Racism asks people to put colour on their hands, and post a picture of them raised to social media. By showing the world you stand against racism, and challenging your friends and family to do the same, Datt says the world will know that hate and violence will not stop someone from achieving their dreams.
“It is the tenacity of people to be able to… stand in the face of adversity, and better themselves,” she says. “To dream is most important. Your dreams will be realized no matter what.”
Submit your stories to Vancity Buzz
Everyone has a story to tell. Share yours using the hashtag #HandsAgainstRacism on social media.
Alternatively, you can submit your experiences with racism and how you overcame it to firstname.lastname@example.org with “No To Racism” as the subject title and it may be shared on Vancity Buzz. Here are some pointers for submissions through email:
- You can submit your story anonymously; please let us know whether you would like your story to be published anonymously.
- There is no word limit, it can be as long as you want. We want to give you the full flexibility to express your experience. However, we do recommend that stories be at least 300 words long and no longer than 600 words.
- Although it is not required, we encourage you to include your age and occupation so that readers can more easily relate to your experience.
— Gaurav Shah (@anchorgshah) February 11, 2016
RCMP officer Baltej Dhillon who fought for the right to wear a turban in service raises his #handsagainstracism. Have you raised your hand and challenged your friends? A photo posted by Spice Radio 1200 AM (@spiceradiovan) on
— Gaurav Shah (@anchorgshah) February 4, 2016
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