Continued Support from Humza Yousaf MSP
Show Racism the Red Card greatly appreciate the continued invaluable support received from Humza.
Speaking at the event Humza said:
"Today we celebrate the 15th birthday of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign and what a remarkable 15 years it has been.The organisation has come and unbelievably long way since that initial £50 donation from Shaka Hislop in 1996.
"The message, of a complete zero tolerance approach to racism, is a simple one, understood by all and that is undoubtedly the secret of its success.
"We all know early intervention is vital and the work you have done and continue to do with the ex-professionals in our schools in invaluable and will no doubt change attitudes of an entire generation.
"However, what is probably more impressive than this is the ability of Show Racism to adapt to different contexts and meet different challenges.
"Very few organisations have the knowledge and more importantly the courage to take head-on the issue of Islamaphobia. Your DVD on Islamophibia featuring some of the world’s most famous football players is by far the one of the most impressive educational films I have ever come across.
"Islamaphobia is unfortunately a growing phenomenon and we only need to cast our minds back a few months to the deadly actions of Anders Breivik of Norway to remind ourselves of the chilling consequences if such attitudes are allowed to ferment.
"Right here in Scotland, we are once again reminded of what is often termed Scotland's shame. Three arrests made over the weekend for Sectarian offences and recently a ten year old boy killed for supposedly wearing the wrong football colours.
"It could be at no more of a poignant time that you choose to launch your Show Bigotry the Red Card wristbands.
"The challenge ahead will be a tough one, but if you can show the same reserve, vision and more importantly passion to drive bigotry out of our game and our society as you have done with racism then I have no doubt in my mind you will succeed where others have failed.
"My congratulations once again on your 15th birthday. I look forward to being at many more birthdays, partly because I like birthday cake and actually look rather dashing in a party hat, but more importantly, to celebrate the incrdeible strides you have made in making a more equal, fair and tolerant society for all".