I was recently invited to participate in a “Show Racism The Red Card” parade.
Symbolically it was great – all the people (predominantly primary school children) – walking around the football pitch
However, although it might not be the objective:
• I wish there had been a brief announcement highlighting the significance of what was happening as people walked around the field in order to focus people’s mind on what the parade was about and why it was important
• I wish the parade was closer to kick off time as opposed to half an hour before the match when the stadium was almost empty.
• I also wish that the people in the parade truly represented the diversity of the local community – most especially, I wish it was more representative of the people that racism is typically directed at.
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