There’s a reason you probably spotted people wearing red on your commute this morning.
A long-running UK charity is urging everyone to don the colour to help tackle racism.
Show Racism the Red Card, which has been educating school children and companies about the subject since 1996, wants to spread the anti-racism message by asking everyone to wear red and donate at least £1 to the cause.
The money raised will help facilitate the charity to continue their educational work.
— ShowRacismtheRedCard (@SRTRC_England) October 19, 2018
By adding a pop of red to their outfit today, people are not only showing their support for Show Racism the Red Card, but also providing a visual indication of their opposition to racism.
And of course standing in solidarity with those who have experienced it.
Wearing red supporting the #ShowRacismTheRedCard initiative! @StudentsNCL join me & wear red around the @UniofNewcastle campus! It’s time to say STOP to #racism & #hatecrime! #WearRedDay #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek @SRTRC_England ♥️ @FMSDiversityNCL pic.twitter.com/0DmxWUzaCx
— Ester Bellavia (@Ester_Bellavia) October 19, 2018
Though there has been some progress with regards to tackling the subject in recent years, racism is still an issue in the UK.
Figures released earlier this year found that the number of hate crimes that occur in and around schools and colleges has soared by 62 per cent in the space of a year.
Similarly, statistics provided by YouGov reveal that in 2017/18, there were 94,098 hate crime offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, an increase of 17% compared with the previous year.
Meanwhile, according to British Transport Police (BTP), the number of hate crimes reported to police across the country’s network has doubled over the past five years.
More than half of all religious hate crime in England and Wales is targeted at Muslims, recent police figures have revealed.
So there is still a way to go.
This year marks the fourth annual Wear Red Day and with 1,300 organisations expected to take part, it could be the most successful yet.
We’re wearing red today, are you?
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