Please support Wear Red Day to help fight online racism

A post for Get Safe Online Week

In determining the topic for this year’s Get Safe Online Week, it didn’t take long to come up with ‘Online Respect’, and the team agreed unanimously that it was absolutely fitting.

One of the many ways that some people show disrespect online is by spreading racist abuse, which gets a lot more exposure in the media as it is frequently perpetrated alongside real-world abuse in football stadia. If that weren’t prominent enough, we saw shocking online abuse of black England players at the Euros.

Coincidentally, apart from being the final day of Get Safe Online Week, today is also Show Racism the Red Card’s Wear Red Day, which we are delighted to support (but disappointed to have to, if that makes sense).

 We applaud and wholeheartedly support this excellent charity’s purpose: the advancement of the anti-racism movement. At its core is education. The conversations following this abuse and the events of the previous summer should not and cannot become forgotten. Without momentum there is no progression. Without learning the advantage is lost. Lives should not be ruined by racism.

Racism exists everywhere around the world, and everybody can be a target. Bad enough in its own right, it can and does escalate to anything from wellness issues amongst those targeted, to violence, civil war and genocide.

Join us this Wear Red Day by wearing red and using the hashtag #WRD21 on social media, to add your support to the cause and your voice to the choir. We will not be silenced.

Change Hearts. Change Minds. Change Lives.

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