MP for Blaydon long time supporter of the campaign
“I want to make a serious point about how we can prevent racism and do the necessary work on the ground. For the past two decades, groups such as Show Racism the Red Card have played a tremendous part in that anti-racist work, going into schools and encouraging young people to get involved in it."
Dave Anderson MP
On 14th June, Members of Parliament asked the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, questions about the violence at Euro 2016.
During the session, Dave Anderson MP for Blaydon asked the following question:
“I want to make a serious point about how we can prevent racism and do the necessary work on the ground. For the past two decades, groups such as Show Racism the Red Card have played a tremendous part in that anti-racist work, going into schools and encouraging young people to get involved in it. Sadly, however, as a result of Government decisions, funding for such groups has been cut both by local authorities and the Department for Communities and Local Government. May I encourage the Home Secretary and other Ministers who are here today to consider restoring that support? Getting to our children first is what will end this curse.”
Dave is a long time supporter of Show Racism the Red Card and the campaign thanks him for his ongoing support. SRtRC agrees that education is the key way to challenge racism and prejudice.
It is true that we face significant funding challenges to carry out our educational work. On October 23rd SRtRC is holding a Wear Red Day and encouraging schools, organisations and individuals to raise funds to support the campaign.
Theresa May MP replied:
“The hon. Gentleman makes an important point about the significant work that has been done over the years to stop racism in football. Sadly, the job is not complete; the work must continue, and the Government and football authorities take that seriously. However, the issue is wider than racism. Before the Olympics I was involved in discussions with a number of sports authorities, including the Football Association, about homophobia at sporting events. We should all take those issues seriously and work at every level to try to cut all that out.”
Department for Education and Government Equalities Office recently funded SRtRC to deliver a year long project educating young people and teachers about Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying. Find out more about what we did by viewing this short film.