Knowing what to do when a racist attack is happening to you or in front of you was the focus of Race Relations Day 2017.
“Support. Record. Report. These are the 3 words we want people to remember,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
“Support the person being attacked, record the attack and report the attack to authorities, don’t just let it slide.”
Dame Susan said this year we are focused on encouraging New Zealanders to answer these two questions: What do you stand for? What do you want against?
“The world is at a cross roads when it comes to race relations: the way we treat each other will decide what path New Zealand goes down.”
But it’s not all bad news with an unprecedented number of events to celebrate Race Relations Day taking place.
“With events from Oamaru to Gisborne, Wanganui to Invercargill, we are celebrating in our provinces and smaller towns not just our big cities. While we have our tough times, we do care about and respect each other and it shows.”
Every 21st of March the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marks the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre when 69 black South African citizens – including 10 children – were shot to death by their own Police for protesting against racial apartheid laws.