Anti-hate fundraiser supports work of SRtRC to educate about racism
"We know that grassroot organisations and charities - like yours - have long been in our communities; and with the rise of anti-hate crimes, we need you more than ever. More, we want you to know that we appreciate the work you do, and for it to be continued."
It’s been an awful week for anti-racism campaigns and campaigners, with a big spike in racist incidents following last week’s EU referendum. There have been some truly shocking incidents on public transport, in the streets and reports of bullying and abuse in schools.
On Monday, Show Racism the Red Card called for solidarity with those experiencing prejudice, stating “SRtRC believe that as a society we must continue to stand up against the kind of prejudicial incidents reported in the press this weekend and not allow a media narrative to suggest that racism and discrimination are somehow an inevitable consequence to the decision to leave the European Union.”
In the eyes of some of those who hold racist views, the referendum result legitimised these opinions and emboldened them to act on those views. However, those racist ideas were already there. That’s why SRtRC is in its 20th year of existence. Racism grows and left unchallenged can escalate.
Tell Mama have just reported a 326% rise in anti-muslim abuse and attacks in 2015. Racism is a real and present problem in 21st Century Britain.
On Tuesday, something good and entirely unexpected happened.
Catrin Cooper launched an anti-hate fundraiser for SRtRC via the Just Giving platform. Catrin describes herself on Twitter as someone who likes “good people and helping them do cool things”.
At the time of writing, the fundraiser has achieved 181% of its £300 target.
We asked Catrin why she decided to set up the fundraiser and she told us
“Well, we all went to bed last week, and woke up to a bit of a mess, didn’t we? I’m being polite because my mam might read it.
Only, the impact of what’s happening to our country is such, that many of us just wanted to find a way to do something to help, but didn’t know where to start. And so I looked to you.
We know that grassroot organisations and charities - like yours - have long been in our communities; and with the rise of anti-hate crimes, we need you more than ever. More, we want you to know that we appreciate the work you do, and for it to be continued.
Racism and xenophobia have long been here, and that’s wrong. But that the shambolic campaigns of this referendum have left some people feeling that their prejudices are now somehow legitimisted is loathesome.
So if, in only our own small way, this has put some light back onto humanity, I’m glad of it, and thankful to everyone who donated, and who shared the campaign.”
SRtRC would like to thank Catrin for doing this and everybody who has donated. SRtRC will use the funds raised to educate young people about racism.
Education is the key to challenging racism and racist ideas. At a time when SRtRC face very real funding challenges and there is an increase in racist incidents, your support will help to make a difference.
— Catrin Cooper (@catrincooper) June 28, 2016
You can support Catrin’s fundraiser here or even set up your own at www.justgiving.com/theredcard