An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
I’M WEARING a pink tie today.
OK, it’s Pink ‘Shirt’ Day but that’s become a slight misnomer — the idea is that we all wear something pink to support the movement against bullying. It was started in 2007 by a couple of caring Nova Scotia students after a younger student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
They bought and distributed 50 pink shirts. Now it’s annual, and worldwide.
This year’s focus is on cyberbullying. The “official” slogan is “Be Kind.” Elsewhere, though, it’s advertised as “Choose Kindness — Kindness is Contagious.” Yet another one, T-shirts and all, is “Kindness Starts Here.” Still, we know what Pink Shirt Day is (and it’s a great thing) but just “who” it is has gotten a little fuzzy, at least to me.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.