Deen Channel CEO and TV talk show host Faizal Sayed met up with the representatives of the Ahmad Kathrada Foundation (AKF), today, to discuss how the channel can support the organisation’s upcoming campaign, kicking off this month.
Anti-Racism Week, an eight-day programme hosted by AKF in partnership with Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA), The Institute For Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), and The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism & Democracy (CANRAD), will take place across the country from Thursday 14 to Thursday 21 March.
Sayed explained the partnership with the organisations is to support the anti-racism campaign, by uniting against racism. He confirmed that a number of shows highlighting the matter will air on Deen Channel during the month of March.
“We met up the AKF today, at the Deen Channel offices in Cape Town, and had a deep discussion around racism and how we can contribute as a broadcaster,” he explained.
“Deen Channel has decided to join this campaign and is herewith calling on all other broadcasters to do the same by taking a stand, through these organisations, against racism.
“We feel that it is important for a broadcaster like Deen Channel to continue to communicate such information, like the work done by AKF, ARNSA, IJR, and CANRAD.
“The issue of racism should be highlighted all the time and we should continue spreading these organisations message through media.”
Anti-Racism Week is held annually in South Africa during Human Rights Month and culminates on Human Rights Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The campaign aims to create public awareness about racism, and how it affects individuals and the broader society.
Anti-Racism Week, initiated by ARNSA, also aims to get all sectors of society involved and encourages self-initiated activities during the week.
This year’s theme is #UniteAgainstRacism, that will characterise the type of programmes held during Anti-Racism Week.
ARNSA explained that a number of race-related issues have occurred in the country over the last few years.
More recent examples include the segregation of learners at a school in Schweizer Reneke, racial tension at Clifton Beach and racialised discourse surrounding the deaths of pupils at Hoërskool Driehoek.
In a statement by ARNSA, the organisation said a noticeable trend in many of these instances is the inability of stakeholders to bring people together to find joint and long-term solutions.
“There’s often a polarity of views, that’s sometimes further exacerbated by political or community leadership, with little regard for the serious consequences that inflamed racial tensions can result in.
“At the same time globally, we’re seeing how people are shifting towards views and beliefs that are increasingly more exclusionary. We’re witnessing the re-emergence of the global right, who are more connected and organised.
“The same cannot be said for the anti-racists. Progressive movements remain fragmented, with very little coordination and organisation across communities, provinces, countries and continents.
“This needs to change. We need to ensure that our schools, religious institutes, community associations, our universities, workplaces, political parties, unions, and sporting clubs remain truly non-racist, and actively challenge discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudices.
“We need to ensure that we link up across communities, provinces and countries to build a world that values diversity, equality and basic human rights. In this way, we can start building what anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, called the ‘Greenpeace’ against racism.”
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