On March 21, 1966 Canada observed its first day for the elimination of racial discrimination along with other United Nations countries. The day was created as a global memorial for those who lost their lives during the Sharpeville massacre. On that day in 1960, police open fired on peaceful anti-apartheid protesters in the South African town. 69 people were killed and 180 were injured.
The tragic event is remembered not as a distant memory, but as a visceral example of the racism that continues to shape Canada. It's evolved into an international campaign for anti-racist action, through recognition of systemic racism, colonialism and oppression. Racist polices are still being passed in Canada and indigenous populations remain in dire straits because of systemic governmental inaction.
Take action against racism and expose its presence in Canada by supporting local rallies, events and non-violent actions. This day is also Human Rights Day in South Africa.
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