The UK’s largest anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Since 1996 we’ve provided anti-racism education to more than 824,000 young people.
Already this year, we’ve opened new offices in South Africa and the North West of England.
This week we’re launching a new short film discussing the reasons behind the ‘taking of the knee’ in support of the BLM movement, and why we feel it should continue.
The launch will be hosted by SRTRC President Shaka Hislop and former England and Liverpool star John Barnes. It will be followed a Q and A with some of those involved.
Among those featured in the film are England manager Gareth Southgate, Leicester City captain Wes Morgan, Burnley captain Ben Mee, Livingston midfielder Marvin Bartley, Derby County coach Liam Rosenior and Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chloe Morgan.
Ged Grebby Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said: “Many thanks to Unite the Union for hosting the launch of our latest educational film. We decided to produce a short film around sports personalities taking the knee, because there seems to be a some confusion as to what this gesture means. Show Racism the Red Card fully support players taking any action against racism, but also firmly believe that anti-racism education is key to ending racism. Action and education combined can make a real difference and we believe the Black Lives Matter movement must now lead to lasting change and equality.”
Simone Pound, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the PFA said: “The Show Racism the Red Card’s ‘To Take a Knee’ video provides an overview of why players and sports stars take the knee, it is a message of support and unity for inequality and the impact of inequality across the world and in football.
“Taking the knee before a game is a player-led initiative demonstrating a powerful symbol of solidarity and unity for equality. We will always support the players in this matter and whilst it has been a player-led approach we are fully committed to addressing racism and discrimination in the game and wider society on behalf of the membership”