VIDEO: Students stage anti-racism flash mob at Metrotown

March 28, 2012

Shoppers at Metropolis at Metrotown
in Burnaby got a big surprise Tuesday afternoon when a large group of
youngsters staged a flash mob with a message of racial tolerance in the
middle of the atrium.

Madhav Goyal, a third-year SFU business student, helped organize the
event with five others as part of a project for a business management

The publicity stunt, dubbed “Don’t Hate, Just Dance,” was designed to raise awareness about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is March 21. More than 80 Burnaby students from Grades 5 through 12 participated.

“It had a lot to do with how we’ve witnessed racial discrimination in
Vancouver,” Goyal, said. “Some of them weren’t born here. Some of us
came from outside Canada and we witnessed, personally, first hand,
racial discrimination, so that’s something that’s a little bit dear to
us and we wanted to convey that to everyone.”

The students got down for more than four minutes to the beat of “One
Tribe” by the Black Eyed Peas, clad in matching purple T-shirts stating
their message.

“People on every floor were watching the flash mob, and a lot of them
actually stuck around after to hear the message that the kids had to
say, to convey the message of anti-racism,” said Goyal. “Overall it was
really great.”

The group cites Statistics Canada reports that 61 per cent of hate crimes were motivated by either race or ethnicity.

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