Young people attended an educational event held in the Council Chamber in Morpeth.
By Natasha Bougourd
Show Racism the Red Card held an event at the Northumberland County Council Chamber today, where 58 children from Guide Post Middle School attended.
The children enjoyed a stereotyping activity, which involved being shown a picture of someone, and "inventing" a life for them. This addressed the stereotypes attached to the colour of someone's skin. The young people were very aware of the rationale behind the activity: to address the immediate stereotyping based on skin colour.
The SRtRC film was screened, and the young people were very attentive, asking questions and engaging in the issues raised. They were able to recall the four areas of racism (skin colour, nationality, culture, and religion), and challenge those notions. The outcome of this exercise was successful, as one young boy said "you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover", upon being asked what the activity was trying to achieve.
There was then a Q&A session with our five coaches in attendance: ex-footballers Gary Bennett, Olivier Bernard, Trevor Benjamin, and John Anderson, and Anthony Sampson, the developing officer for Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club. The young people asked knowledgable questions such as "have you received racist abuse from fellow players?", and "if you have received racist abuse, did your team mates support you?". Olivier tackled the latter question, giving an in-depth account of how supportive his Newcastle United team mates were in times where he received abuse.
The event was a success, and the young people were fully engaged throughout. They were intuitive and responsive, and left with a better knowledge of racism. They also had the opportunity to have their shirts and footballs signed by our coaches- with the young people cheering as they entered the room. They were also given goodie bags and signed SRtRC posters of the team they supported.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a huge thanks to Gill Finch, Jane Walker, Susan Caisley and all at Northumberland County Council for their support.