Norwich, UK – When hate begins to become acceptable, when a country’s division turns into racism, it is time to stand up and fight back against the ignorance. That’s exactly what tenants at Winchester tower in Norwich did on the 31st of January 2020.
There is still a fight to be had. Not against leaving, but against hatred.
I hope readers will be inspired by what the residents of Winchester Tower did in response to a hateful flyer aimed at people who speak a language other than English. I hope they will use their demonstration of love and acceptance to incite change, as a motivation to not let racism win.
In light of recent events, Brexit has acted as an excuse to exhibit racist behavior that would not have previously been tolerated.
But we are a different society than we were 20 years ago.
As racism and hate crimes begin to rise, it is vital we, as the future generation, do not overlook it when we witness it.
We must show that there is no place in our society for hatred and intolerance. Nobody should have to face intimidation because of who they are, and it is more important than ever that we stand together.
Emily Fromant is a Reporter with Youth Journalism International. Read the news story she wrote about the protest at Winchester Tower.