News from the ARE (Anti-Racism Event) Project Team
Southside Housing Association (SHA) Community Initiatives Team have been working with a small group of pupils from Shawlands Academy in Glasgow. Over the past year these young people have identified the lack of opportunity for people their age to engage in sports as a problem and issues of everyday racism.
While discussing their experience of racism, the pupils commented “When I’m in the shop the security guard follows me around the aisles. I’ve seen loads of other people, white people, even white people my own age go in the shop and they’re left to shop in peace. Why follow me around? I’m only buying lunch?!”
It wasn’t difficult for others in the group to recall a time they’ve been called racist names, or accused of being a “terrorist”, purely due to the colour of their skin. “It’s even worse if I’m dressed to go pray on a Friday. People assume if you are brown-skinned, a Muslim and wear traditional clothes then you must be a terrorist”
When asked how these comments made them feel, did these pupils get upset or angry about such instances? No, one simply replied “You just learn to get used to it” such comments might have been hurtful once but now they’re totally numb to it.
This group of young people want to change things, to bring people together and are planning on hosting an anti-racism football tournament at the end of March in Pollokshields. Working closely with SHA Community Initiatives Team these young people have designed the events’ purpose, brand, format and structure. They have set about engaging local organisations’ to help promote their message of equality and respect; both on and off the field of play. They have aspiration in the longer term for a cricket and basketball events so watch this space.
Bring a team!
There is one space left for a team to take part in the tournament. Participation is free, but registration is required email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07928 666 031 to request a registration form. See poster for more details.
When: Saturday 30th March 2019, 2-4.15pm
Where: Glendale Primary School, 120 McCulloch St G41 1NX
The event will be free, family friendly and welcoming to all. Come along to enjoy:
- 7-a-side outdoor football tournament (see match format)
- Arts and Crafts with EPMC
- Music and all that with Steg G (Sunny Govan)
- Owls! (courtesy of Owl Magic)
- Milk Café catering the event
Community Initiatives Team,
Southside Housing Association,
135 Fifty Pitches Road,
0141 422 1112