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Day of Action a reminder to stand up against racism

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:29 PDT, Mon May 10, 2021

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Today (May 10) is acknowledged as a Day of Action against Anti-Asian Racism, and the City of Richmond is reminding everyone to take this opportunity to stand up against racism and violence in our community.

The day of action, which coincides with Asian Heritage Month, was called to strengthen the fight against racist attitudes and behaviours across Canada, especially against those of Asian heritage.

“Richmond is a safe and resilient city that stands up against racism and violence at all levels and will not condone or tolerate such behaviour in any way,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Our community has a rich history of culture, diversity and heritage and was among the first in Canada to issue a formal statement condemning racism and violence a year ago.”

In May 2020, council adopted and endorsed a statement against racism and violence related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It said, in part, that “Richmond does not—and never will—condone or tolerate racist behaviour in any form. Such attitudes and actions do not reflect our community's cultural diversity or the spirit of inclusion that we are all proud of.”

The mayor also proclaimed March 21 to 27 as "Elimination of Racial Discrimination Week" in the City of Richmond, which is also one of the first communities in Canada to formally introduce a Cultural Harmony Plan. The plan outlines strategies and consultations to bring people together in dialogue, arts and cultural programming with the aim of reducing barriers to participation and promoting a shared sense of community.

“It is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic that we all stand up against all forms of racism and hate and stay true to our shared values of respect, inclusion and diversity,” said Mayor Brodie. “Council continues to support the RCMP’s focus on addressing hate crimes and building public awareness of this important issue. Please do not hesitate to call the RCMP if you experience or witness racial or hate-motivated actions.” 

The council statement against racism and violence is online at: https://www.richmond.ca/services/communitysocialdev/inclusion/culturalharmony.htm

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