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Friday, 20 March 2015

Liceulice and Praxis Mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On the occasion of 21 March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Praxis and Liceulice draw attention to the fact that many of our fellow-citizens are exposed to racism and different forms of discrimination which we should all fight against together.

With an aim to raise awareness of the public about the necessity to combat racism and discrimination, Praxis and Liceulice are marking the European Action Week against Racism in the period from 16-22 March 2015 with a series of activities.

Within the stated activities, we asked our beneficiaries and associates of the magazine Liceulice and other citizens how they perceive discrimination and racism and with their consent we post their answers on social media. Some of the answers include: “Racism is when my child comes back from school with bruises and torn clothes because other kids have beaten him just because he is Roma, and the teacher puts the blame on him” (Sanja, 29), “Racism is when we are chased away from the playground just because we are Roma” (Marijan, 19), “I have to be quite honest. For a long time now, I have no answers and can’t do it any other way. I feel like a fool. This feeling is driven by the fact that in the 21st century you still need to explain to people why racism is harmful, pointless and backward, and finally, how stupid it is. Let’s call the thing by its right name: racism is nonsense” (Marko Tomas, a poet). The collected answers will be written on postcards and sent to relevant institutions and media. Also, in cooperation with IPAK.centar and Initiative Do not be narrow-minded. Think and a street-art artist Inspector Yoda, we painted over the hate graffiti and turned them into graffiti with tolerance and equality messages.

We remind the public in Serbia of the high level of discrimination and racism that permeate all spheres of our society and find it necessary to fight for tolerance and equality.

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