March 21 is the day for the elimination of racial discrimination. The fight against racism and discrimination is re-emerging as one of the defining struggles of our generation. From systemic racism experienced by the first peoples, to hate incidents like the horrific attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, to the series of bomb threats at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, we have all felt the rising tide.
Last March, as a Canadian of Chinese heritage, I was told by racists to go back to my country. From 2014 to 2016, hate crimes in Canada have been on the rise, increasing from 1,295 reported hate crimes to 1,409.
We must work hard to send a strong and clear message that we stand firm and united against racism. We must find the courage to speak up and speak out against hate, even if it is coming from the U.S. president. Together, let us Make Racism Wrong Again.