SRtRC Wales calls on candidates to sign up to the pledge in the upcoming Welsh Government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections
Show Racism the Red Card has consulted on what we see as the political priorities in relation to anti-racism campaigning in Wales.
We want candidates in the upcoming Welsh Government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections to sign up to the pledge. In signing our pledge they are making a commitment, that should they be elected, they will campaign, lobby and argue from their position of power the anti-racism priorities we have outlined. Anti-racism education and a political focus on reducing racism have never been more important. We hope that as many candidates as possible will place their allegiance to these priorities in solidarity with our organisation and the fight against racism.
(1) I will support and argue for the inclusion of anti-racism education within the curriculum
There has to be space and time within the curriculum for young people to think about how their world view is created, how prejudice is formed and how to build resilience to forming racist ideas and attitudes through critical reflection and the acquisition of critical thinking skills techniques.
(2) I will pledge to lobby for a more accountable Welsh and UK media
Young people and adults alike are believing in grossly stereotypical and sensationalist commentary about minority communities. There has to be a mechanism whereby all sections of the media are held to account for inflammatory and racist news stories.
(3) I will support the implementation, monitoring and strengthening of the Equality Act in Wales
The Equality Act has undoubtedly been a force for good. It is the legislative foundations for a more equal society. It is however weak in its implementation, SRtRC Wales would like to see the next Welsh Government set clearly defined race and youth-related objectives in its new Strategic Equality Plan.
(4) I will argue for all public servants to receive anti-racism training
It is very important that those who are public servants are aware of their legislative duties and that they are critically reflective of their behaviour and assumptions in the delivery of goods and services. Employees need the time and space in a safe environment to do this.