In February, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), the UK's leading anti-racist educational charity, launched a brand new short film discussing the reasons behind the "taking of the knee" in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, and why they feel it should continue.
Among those featured in the film are England manager Gareth Southgate, Leicester City captain Wes Morgan, Burnley captain Ben Mee, Livingston captain Marvin Bartley, Derby County coach Liam Rosenior and Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chloe Morgan.
The launch event, powered by Unite the Union, was held live on Facebook with special guest panellists including: Liverpool and England legend John Barnes, Former Newcastle United and Portsmouth goalkeeper and now SRtRC President Shaka Hislop, Unite the Union’s Howard Beckkett, NEU Vice President Daniel Kebede and SRtRC's Education Co-Ordinator Justine King; chaired by SRtRC Vice President Baroness Christine Blower in what proved to be a most informative, in-depth and powerful livestream discussion, delving in to the topics of systemic racism and it’s historical roots.
The full launch event which includes the full film is still available to view here on the SRtRC Facebook page.
Ged Grebby Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said: “We decided to produce a short film around sports personalities taking the knee, because of the 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 and can lead to lasting change and equality.”
The film can be also be seen on SRtRC's YouTube channel