Campaign reacts to article on front page of Daily Mail
“Show Racism the Red Card finds this article to be misguided and dangerous. We do not support many of the arguments, presented as facts, made in Trevor Phillips’ article in the Daily Mail, we need to look at the societal conditions which facilitate problems within all communities.
“Show Racism the Red Card agrees with Trevor Phillips that “preventing anyone from saying what’s on their minds won’t ever remove it from their hearts. People need to feel free to say what they want to without the fear of being accused of racism or bigotry.”
“Many of the young people and adults SRtRC work with can be nervous to discuss racism, terminology and stereotypes in case they inadvertently cause offence.
“However, it is not multiculturalism which has created a belief ‘that you can’t say anything’ or the concept of a ‘PC Brigade’ and it was not the CRE, community groups or charities which came up with the idea of ‘branding people racist’. Newspapers like the Daily Mail, which have run today’s story and accompanying inflammatory headline, should look closely at their own practices.
“Most people who are worried that we cannot talk about ‘race’ or immigration are those who believe in this myth. Show Racism the Red Card conduct thousands of conversations and ask young people and adults to do exactly, that, to talk about how they feel about the world around them.
“SRtRC facilitate safe spaces in educational work with young people and adults to ensure that people can discuss issues, beliefs and ideas in non-judgemental settings. Through discussion and using critical thinking skills, participants can challenge themselves to reflect on any existing prejudices. Talking about difference, cultures, beliefs and sharing personal experiences are powerful tools in breaking down barriers between people.
“There is no value to calling someone ‘a racist’. Behaviours which are racist can be changed through education.
“The Daily Mail provided a list of “truths” to accompany the article which are dangerous. No sources are provided for these ‘facts’, but worse than that - in presenting them as facts without discussing or evidencing the reasons why, makes them solely attributable to ethnicity, nationality or culture.
“For people who may believe that complex problems can be attributable to ‘race’ alone, this article will support their world view.
“It is absolutely everybody’s right to say what they think, up and until, they take away another’s right to live a life without fear. It is also a right however, to hold people to account should their opinions be underpinned by prejudices and stereotypes. The narrative we see in the Daily Mail and by Mr Phillips’s himself feed into a misguided belief that there are minority communities up and down the county trying to curtail debate and freedom of speech. This diverts our attention, perhaps conveniently, away from having conversations about the daily occurrences of discrimination experienced by minority communities and the complex conditions which create unrest.”
Hear SRtRC Education Manager Laura Pidcock talk about the story on BBC Radio Wales (2h10m in)