One teacher from Armadale Primary School reached out to us following some fantastic anti-racism work by the class.
Dear Show Racism the Red Card Scotland,
My name is Seon McGurk. I am a teacher of a primary 6 class in Armadale Primary School.
During our writing lessons, we studied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech and then looked at what makes an effective speech. The children were then asked to write their own speech, entitled “I Have A Dream…” the only guidance I gave them was that it must be a type of discrimination that they feel strongly about. They were to write a speech in order to express to others what they would like to change, and how.
I was absolutely blown away by the strength of their feelings and greatly comforted to know that they really care. I thought you might enjoy reading them too.
The children expressed an interest in sending these to charities that were also fighting discrimination.
If you have the time, please read these and, if possible, respond to the children to let them know.
Below are some of the excerpts from the children of Primary 6, Armadale Primary School.
I have a dream that everybody on earth will be happy and nobody will hate, discriminate or be racist towards people and all will be treated the same way.
I have a dream that one day everyone shall be treated equally despite their skin colour or what country they’re from.
I have a dream that if people get separated from their children they should be able to go near their children because it’s mean and they need to be with their mum and dad.
I have a dream to respect people equally. Don’t leave people out if they come from different places or have different skin colour. It will make people be really sad.
I have a dream where kids will not be judged by colour but by their character. The Holocaust was a dark time in our history and it was horrible. Let’s make history today, no one is discriminated against and no one will be segregated. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that people will not be belittled for their skin colour. People can’t help their skin colour. So you can’t badly treat people if we are all the same. We can’t have this on our planet when everyone was born to be equal.
I have a dream that if you get bullied about how ugly you are everyone just has to remember that you’re not ugly and you’re actually really pretty.
I have a dream to respect everyone in the same way and treat everyone the same and don’t leave anyone out. It is really sad that some people do this to different people.
I have a dream to let black people drive school buses and be a doctor and be a dentist and to be a shopper and to be whatever they want to be.
I have a dream to not have people be judged by their skin colour or by where they come from.
I have a dream that one day racism will stop for ever and ever.