Former Newcastle United and Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop (photo left) was involved with the establishment of Show Racism the Red Card.
Together with Viv Anderson (photo right), former Nottingham Forest, Arsenal and Manchester United defender and the first black England international player, he reacts to the 20th birthday of the anti-racism organisation.
Shaka Hislop (also Honorary President) said: “Wow. I can’t believe it’s been just about 20 years since John Beresford (former Newcastle United player) and I visited Westgate Community College (for the launch of the campaign). As much as John and I knew we could count on the support of our teammates and the always supportive NUFC, I don’t think either of us dared imagine the response we’d get from our local community, the support we’d get from footballers across the country, and how everyone would embrace the efforts of footballers trying to make a difference."
"Thanks to all the players, teammates and rivals alike, who have shown that there is no white line when it comes to serving the community. And in particular to all those children who have taken part in the programme over the years, you have given us back so much more than we could’ve ever hoped for.”
Viv Anderson, said; “I’m proud to be part of one of the most deserving anniversaries ever. Show Racism the Red Card is without doubt a campaign that has achieved so much. Back in the nineties there was a huge need to raise awareness, especially through education, of the problems faced by people of colour. As a footballer who came of age in the bleak days of the seventies, when the first wave of black players were coming through the ranks, I knew better than most how much needed to be done. Racism needed to be confronted and defeated.”
“Then along came Ged (Grebby) and his project to show racism the red card and harness the power of football to spread the word. Through his Herculean efforts, Show Racism the Red Card was born and I think everyone associated with it would say it has made a massive contribution.”
“Of course there remains a lot still to be done. Show Racism the Red Card, though, has shown the way. Let’s hope we can look forward to the day when there is no need for campaigns such as Show Racism the Red Card.”
- Published: 21 January 2016