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Young Geordies Say Racism Should Be Redundant

9 years ago

Children from year 5 at Kells Lane school in Low Fell, Gateshead, were the lucky ones invited to go to St.James’ Park and be journalists for the day.

The event was organised by Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) with the help of Newcastle United.

The students had workshops and a tour of the ground, as well as viewing  a DVD and then the highlight of the day, posing their questions to SRTRC’s (to see more on the excellent work SRTRC do and how you can help, visit their website here) panel of ex and current footballer players on the subject of racism either in the game or in society.

This annual event was slightly different this year, in that students were asked beforehand to prepare for the day and become a journalist.  The children were asked to research the topic of racism before they attended the event and use the whole day as furthering their research, making notes in their reporters pads and preparing some questions to put to the panel (introducing their newspaper name before asking their question as if it were a real press conference).

The panel consisted of ex-Newcastle players Olivier Bernard, John Anderson, Richard Offiong, plus Dean Gordon who played for Middlesbrough and gary Bennett ex-Sunderland.

The two special guests were current NUFC players Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

After the event they were asked to write their article to be judged by The Mag and a prize from the club awarded to the winner. Here at The Mag we were proud to take up the challenge and it was a privilege to see the high standard of work by all of the budding journalists.

We were fortunate to have ex-NUFC defender and now radio pundit, John Anderson, to help with the judging.

John also does valuable work for Show Racism The Red Card but found it a tricky challenge to pick a winner from the entries, in fact there was such a high standard overall, it was really difficult just narrowing it down to four finalists!

Jointly, we eventually narrowed it down to four finalists and we will be featuring all of them here on the website before announcing the winner on Saturday, both on the site and in the new issue of the magazine which will also carry the winning entry.

The third finalist is Adam Charlton (The first finalist was Noah Charlton and his entry can be seen [intlink id=”28423″ type=”post”]here[/intlink], while the second finalist was Ellie Farrell and her contribution can be viewed [intlink id=”28434″ type=”post”]here[/intlink])

The Daily Dotter
Racism Should Be Redundant!

On the 16th April, pupils of Kells Lane Primary School had been given the opportunity to visit St.James’ Park, Newcastle. Approaching the date, Year 5 children had researched events of racism and how to tackle it.

What is racism?

Racism is a form of bullying where you judge somebody, either by their culture, nationality, religion, or skin colour. If you’re a victim of racism, tell a parent or any other adults.

Children also learned about the history of racism and how it goes back hundreds of years when black people became slaves only because of their skin colour. Later on in the 1930s, Adolf Hitler killed millions of jews and gypsies just because they were jews and gypsies.

After lunch, pupils were asking questions to former footballers including: Dean Gordon, John Anderson, Olivier Bernard, Richard Offiong and Gary Bennett who are part of the charity Show Racism The Red Card, a football based company.

Findlay, aged 9, asked, “Has your family changed the way you react to racism?”

Findlay’s question ended up third and he won a signed football.

Once, Olivier Bernard visited a school and a teacher sheepishly asked him, “What part of Africa are you from?”

He answered, “Paris!”

Ask yourself this question….’How do you know?’ Get to know somebody before you judge somebody.

Adam, aged 10, said, “I have learned not to judge somebody by their culture, religion, nationality or skin colour.”

Ali Al-Habsi, Wigan goalkeeper, explained to SRTRC that when he moved into his new home, his neighbour was scared of him because he is a muslim. As well as this, Shola Ameobi, Newcastle United star, also told SRTRC that he used to get chased down streets but fortunately they didn’t catch him.

Racism is illegal.

It is also controversial and is usually defined as views, practices and actions.

Racism can lead to genocide, mainly starting with judging people.

Say no to racism!

Watch video footage of the Show Racism The Red Card event at St.James’ Park below.
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