It’s an interesting question, but an inevitable one asked by people who don’t understand the scourge of racism. The answer: hundreds of racist websites reach out to youth, racist records are sold in the thousands, racial youth recruitment at schools by hate groups, the every day subversive racism which thousands of people endure daily, and lastly, in North America, because of the racism taught by family and peers, plus the racism that still rings back to the old South, incredibly not yet extinct from our 20th century society.
On a global scale, according to the United Nations, racism is the cause of more than 90% of the wars and crisis worldwide, such as in the former Yugoslavia, and in Ireland, destroying humanity, culture and history in its wake.
Some people don’t understand racism because they haven’t experienced it…some can transcend their realm of experience and, though they never directly experience racism against their own colour or religion, can empathize with others.
As Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust concentration camp survivor, recently said to a graduating class of university students: “We can always make a difference, if not to the whole world, then to one person. And who is that person? Someone who needs you.
As racism is as difficult to eliminate as fear in the human race, prevention is ever necessary. Continued education of youths is forever primary, though since WWII, these declarations and conventions have been created to combat racism.
- Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – 1948 Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
- Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – 1963
- International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – 1965
- 21 March designated International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 1966
- International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid – 1973 Apartheid
- First Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination 1973-1982
- First World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, Geneva 1978
- Second World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, also in Geneva 1983
- Second Decade for Action to Combat Racial Discrimination 1983-1992
- Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination 1994-2003
- World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance 2001
How can you get involved? The ways are as limitless as your creativity! But, here are some of them…
- Join AAR!
- Do an awareness/fundraising concert or event for AARM
- Add our logo to the back of your CD jacket (as Matchbox 20 and many other bands have done)
- Wear our t-shirts and Violet anti-racism ribbons at your concerts and during press interviews (we created that ribbon!)
- Embrace film script roles that have centre on civil rights
- Go to your local school and speak out about anti-racism or your experience with it
- Speak out in the news as a member of AAR when racist incidents happen in your town, country or world
- Help those who have been affected by racism
- Do a Radio or TV PSA for AAR
- Get your colleagues to speak out and join us
- Email us with your offers and ideas too!
- Ask your principal to announce a special day for March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- Start an AAR Club at your SCHOOL as one of our top volunteers, such as helping research and write content for our website and more
- Have FUN! All it takes are violet ribbons, your school artists to design posters, and some fundraising to reproduce your favourite poster and put prints in every classroom and the library. You may also wish to put the image on t-shirts or see our GIFT shop to get some of ours
- Get your favourite school videographers to film top musicians and actors when they’re in your town–interviewing them about racism–send us the clips, and we may put them in our TV/airline ads to air internationally
- Also, film students talking about their experiences with racism and/or thoughts on racism–they may get in our latest TV ad!
- Do a huge fundraiser to help us take your art nationwide!
- Do one of your projects on AAR
- As your teacher to make AAR materials part of their curriculum as other schools have done
- Email us for Jess Walsh’s DVD and see what SHE did at her school!
- Email us your ideas too!
Start an AAR Club in your community
At your local “Y”, camp, library, girl or boy scouts group, at churches, synagogues or other places of congregation. Get YOUTH involved and have FUN! All it takes is violet ribbon, youth artists to design posters, and some fundraising to reproduce your favorite posters. You may also wish to put the image on T-shirts or see our GIFT shop to get some of ours.
- Film your friends or your kids’ and their friends talking about their experiences with racism and/or thoughts on racism–they may get in our latest TV ad!
- Do a huge fundraiser to help us take your work nationwide.
- Email us your ideas too and they may be the next AAR project.
- Get involved and your story may be featured in our next online newsletter!
Help us celebrate “One People Day!”
Are you a musician or do you know some good ones?
- Host a concert or event. Even at school!
- Tell your friends about it –and us!–to spread the word
- Show our TV PSAs at the concert as inspiration (downloadable from Youtube)
- Encourage your audience to make donations online
- Donate a percentage of ticket sales to AAR
- Create a live streaming performance straight from your laptop (possible with www.stageit.com)
- Offer your venue (club restaurant, cafe, business, school, or residence) to musicians or organizers who you want to help create an event
- Spread the word through social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
AAR is a great way for your company to get involved.
- If you are part of the advertising community–for Billboards, Radio, Bus Shelters, on line advertising, magazine advertising and more, you may like to help design ads for our renowned organization
- Not part of the advertising community? Maybe help sponsor our ad space at the special non-profit rates that media outlets offer
- Think of a unique fundraiser you could do at work: Karoke night, yogathon, Dress-as-your-favourite hero day or more!
- Choose a campaign you’d like us to do, help us fundraise and challenge other businesses to match your funds. Your logo may go on our projects
- Donate products we need or funds; we can offer a tax receipt
- Does your company have a foundation relevant to our cause? Tell us about it!
- Donate a portion of this year’s charity funds to AAR’s campaigns
- Spread the word to other businesses or people you believe are interested in AAR’s cause