MONTREAL, MARCH 20, 2012 – Grade 10 and 11 students, under the guise of teacher Angelos Diacoumacos at Royal West Academy in Montreal West produced a short video commemorating March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
“Millions of people face racism every day. They are harassed, judged and discriminated against for nothing more than the colour of their skin and their beliefs. They are considered inferior to others because they stand out when in reality, we are all human beings and every human should have the same rights regardless of their differences. People are being both physically and emotionally hurt because of their ethnic background. Fighting racism is essential to eliminate all the hate in the world. Not many people realize that even in today’s society, racism still exists and is hurting the lives of others. We must raise awareness to the issue. We need to open our eyes to this issue now in order to stop all the hatred, discrimination and pain that so many people face in their everyday lives,” said the students.
“We believe that by creating a video, we can educate others about racism in a clear, efficient way. The images, words and music we used all help in leaving a large impact in the minds. When the three of them are put together, it makes the message we're trying to send much clearer and more eye-catching. The message will be impacted on our brains forever. With the help of film, the importance of stopping racism will hopefully open our eyes to the reality we live in.”
“The video shows their commitment to fight racism and directs this message to young adults across Canada,” added Diacoumacos.