On April 11th Members of Parliament including Jo Stevens, Chris Stephens and sports minister Mims Davies praised Show Racism the Red Card in a session discussing recent incidents of racism in football.
Jo Stevens MP talked about the need for education about racism, stressing that children aren’t born racist, it is learned.
“Children are not born racist, they learn racism, which is why anti-racism education is so vital. So will the Minister speak to the Secretary of State for Education about long-term government support for a programme of anti-racism education involving, for example, a pioneering educational charity Show Racism the Red Card.”
In response, Mims Davies MP said “I want to pay tribute to Show Racism the Red Card and all of those doing great work with our community clubs and up and down the land. I think it is absolutely right that we are listening to our youngsters on this. In terms of education there’s been roundtables and governing bodies at the table in terms of the School Sport Action Plan. But we need to see more people across the game – mentors and leaders of all different backgrounds – because that helps to show women and girls and people all across the game there’s a chance for them in football at every level.”
Chris Stephens MP asked, “Can the minister make sure that there is a cross-departmental initiative to fund great organisations like Show Racism the Red Card who are doing fantastic work in the constituency of Glasgow South West.”
Mims Davies MP said, “I will lobby very hard, I believe the Chancellor is here and heard that too.”
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Jo Stevens MP, Chris Stephens MP and Mims Davies MP for their support. Jo Stevens and Chris Stephens are long-term supporters of the SRtRC campaign and are chair and vice-chair respectively of the SRtRC All Party Parliamentary Group. The APPG is focussing on strategies to increase anti-racism education within the National Curriculum and Curriculum for Excellence.
Education is central to challenging racism in society and at SRtRC we want to ensure that as many young people as possible can access workshops and activities that explore racism and discrimination.