Show Racism the Red Card has often spoken about the importance of leadership in promoting equality and social cohesion. To that that end, footballers and other public figures that choose to give their time to support the Red Card campaign is vital to create a fair and equal Scotland for All.
A recent example of how irresponsible leadership may create social unrest and exacerbate racial tension may be seen through ex-Labour Councillor and former housing convenor Sam Love who stated that ‘Syrians can’t be jumping into homes… with front and back doors and gardens’.
Instead of pouring gasoline on the fire, Love should perhaps have considered the recently published ‘Race Equality Framework’ that suggests that refugees and ethnic minorities fare the worst across all socio-economic indicators and often face extreme poverty, adversity and social exclusion.
Overall, Love’s comment was inherently irresponsible and has created tension for vulnerable people who are attempting to adjust to life in a new country.
Love’s words have had a damaging effect and resulted in the Scottish Defence League rearing its divisive head and stating it would hold a rally in Wishaw in Lanarkshire on Saturday the 15th of April at 2pm.
In response to the SDL’s plans to hold a demonstration on Saturday, Martin McCulloch, a GMB Branch Official & Scottish Labour Candidate for Fortissat had the following to say:
I will proudly stand alongside other Trade Unionists & Scottish Labour members as well as members & supporters from all groups & communities throughout the Wishaw & North Lanarkshire area who oppose the far right SDL protesting against the Syrian Refugees being housed within the Wishaw area.
It is unbelievable to think that people from Scotland can oppose Refugees being housed locally, and these views do not represent the majority of views from within local communities. I cannot imagine how terrifying it must be for families from Syria not only to have towns, cities and villages bombed on a daily basis and then to lose loved ones.
The people of Scotland have big hearts - this is part of what it means to be Scottish - we always help and we always welcome people from all backgrounds with open arms. I urge you to come along on this peaceful counter demonstration and show Solidarity with the Refugees within our communities and let everyone know that the SDL do not talk for the majority of Scotland.
One of the many groups I will be attending the rally with on Saturday is Show Racism The Red Card, please come along & show your support, we are all United Against Fascism.
Wishaw Train Station 12:30
Saturday April 15th
Show Racism the Red Card encourages Scottish Communities to come together peacefully and demonstrate their support for refugees in order to create an even more open and welcoming Scotland for All. Stand with a diverse Scotland, stand with us and stand against hate.