Show Racism the Red Card launched new film 'This is My Home' in Scottish Parliament
Tuesday the 22nd of September saw MSPs and Ex-Pro Footballers rally in support for Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), and our new ‘This Is My Home’ campaign.
‘This Is My Home’ is a series of seven short documentary films from SRtRC exploring the issues of immigration and racism from the point of view of Scotland’s migrant community. ‘This is My Home’ was produced for SRtRC by Glasgow-based filmmaker David McGinty (Walnut Wasp), thanks to sponsorship from the Educational Institute of Scotland.
“#thisismyhome is a very powerful video with an important message that regardless of our colour, ethnicity or faith, Scotland is home to many diverse people and communities. I have often been told to “Go back home” which is one of the most hurtful insults anyone can throw my way as I have no other home than Scotland. By encouraging people of all backgrounds to show a united front against racism we can overcome hateful and intolerant attitudes, wherever they exist.” - Humza Yousaf MSP for Glasgow.
Larry Flanagan (EIS), Pat Rafferty (Unite), Tony Higgins (Fifpro) joined Show Racism the Red Card to show their support for the films.
Vice-chair of Fifpro and co-founder of the SRtRC campaign in Scotland, Tony Higgins, expressed the power of football to challenge societal issues and talked of excitement about the campaign extending its international reach with Fifpro support.
Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive Ged Grebby closed the event by reminding the audience that despite the endeavours of equality work organisations, racism is still rearing its head across Scotland. He stressed the need for continued financial support from Scottish Government to allow SRtRC to continue to develop their model of equipping young people and community leaders with the resources to challenge racism.
Bob Doris MSP for Glasgow, who sponsored the event said “I often meet families who have immigrated to Scotland as refugees and have made Scotland their home. I have seen first-hand the significant contribution new Scots make in our communities. I am delighted to sponsor SRTRC's This Is My Home project which explores the negative myths often portrayed by sections of the media. For many the humanitarian tragedy that is unfolding in the Middle East with many thousands fleeing to Europe had come as a shock. However Scotland has been a welcoming home for refugees for generations and I am pleased to support this event which both pays tribute to them and identifies the challenges many still face”.