Our wonderful Research Assistant Luke Campbell speaks to the lads at Polmont Young Offenders Institute about the lasting legacy of Show Racism the Red Card's education
Monday 4th July 2016 saw our Research Assistant Luke Campbell travel through to the Young Offenders Institution in Polmont to meet with a handful of the young people who had participated in Show Racism the Red Card’s anti-sectarian educational campaign ‘Show Bigotry the Red Card’. Having conducted three workshops in early Spring 2016 covering the history of sectarianism through to modern day issues of violence and Hate Crime in Scotland. We were keen to learn what the legacy of our work had, had on the young people who had engaged with us.
Luke heard how enjoyable the young people had found the programme of workshops and coaching sessions. These sessions had been coordinated and run by Show Racism the Red Scotland’s Campaign Manager Nicola Hay, Educator Gillian Eunson, and our sessional football coach former Hibs and Motherwell winger Mickey Weir. Recalling the sessions, the young people spoke fondly of their interactions with these members of staff. The history section in particular had clearly left an impression, with one participant eager to offer his own summary to the rest of the group.
The young people stressed how much they appreciated the opportunity to work with organisations such as Show Racism the Red Card, and upon finishing the discussion about the Show Bigotry the Red Card sessions Luke was given a tour of the venue. In particular, the participants were keen to show him the theatre room where comedian Gary Little and Glaswegian hip-hop artists Hector Bizerk have both recently performed. It’s exciting to know that our Show Racism the Red Card posters are as treasured as the fantastic artwork produced by the latter, and that the young people speak joyously about Gary’s stories whilst emphasising the importance of challenging prejudice and hate in modern society.
The feedback session provided valuable insight into the lasting impact that our organisation has had, demonstrating that young people from around Scotland react to not just in our anti-racism campaigns but that our efforts to combat other forms of Hate Crime and prejudice such as sectarianism. Our thanks go out to the young people that participated in our feedback session, as well as to both Ally and Gyp who are members of the staff team at Polmont.