On Saturday March 16th the world marched against the rise of racism as part of UN anti-racism day. In the UK 25,000 people marched through the streets of London while 1,000 people marched in both Glasgow and Cardiff. Marches took place in 60 cities across the word including New York, Washington DC and Florida, in Brazil, and across Europe including Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Catalonia, Ireland, France, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Sweden and Canada and Australia.
The marches were in solidarity with Christchurch and persecuted minorities and against the global rise of racism and fascism. There has been a disgusting lack of coverage of this protest in the mainstream media despite the apparent grief and uproar the previous day after 51 Muslims were killed by a white supremacist during Friday prayers. A great way to help unite the Nation and the World would be to show people it happening, I wonder why they decide not to. There were counter protesters to the anti-racism march which seems insane but that’s the world we now live in where people feel no shame protesting in favour of racism.
The mass anti-racist movement Stand up to Racism held the event supported by musicians and labels as part of the #BeautifulResistance campaign from Love Music Hate Racism and trade unions members from #Unions4Unity. Protestors expressed anger at the lack of action against Islamophobia and disgust at the media and politicians who further false narratives designed to divide us. Speakers at the event included president of Stand up to Racism Dianne Abbott MP who told the crowd “We have to fight fascism and white nationalism wherever it rears its head. And we have to fight the enablers of anti-Muslim hatred wherever we see them.” A firefighter also spoke to the crowd calling the far-right poisonous and toxic groups that embody the opposite of what firefighters believe and should not be allowed to claim to speak for ordinary working people without pushback anymore. There were many speakers calling for love and unity and calling out politicians and the media for feeding hatred. There were counter protesters to the anti-racism march which seems insane but that’s the world we now live in where people feel no shame protesting in favour of racism.
The mainstream media may ignore us and choose to focus on 4,000 people at a Tommy Robinson March, but we are the majority and we cannot forget it. We cannot be a silent majority anymore marches like these are integral to showing solidarity and love to anyone deemed the other. When we are ignored it cannot quieten us, we must shout louder. Maybe we should get in touch with mainstream outlets and ask them how they make editorial decisions that ignore 25,000 anti-racists calling for unity while inviting racist extremists to contribute to their coverage.