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Stand Up Speak Up
- Me, Myself, and I
- Stand Up Speak Up is a Europe-wide campaign that was launched in January 2005 by the French football (soccer) player Thierry Henry following an increase in reports of racist incidents in football across Europe. Together with Nike and other top European players, he protests against this continuing problem inviting football fans to voice their opposition to racism.
The symbol of the campaign is two interlocked wristbands, one black, and one white. About 5 million of those wristbands have been sold all over Europe. The wrist bands are no longer being sold and there is no intention to reproduce them. All the funds raised are passed on to a central Stand Up Speak Up fund that will look to support initiatives that aim to combat racism in football through a variety of programmes and initiatives, that raise awareness, challenge behaviour and strive to change attitudes. This successful campaign included footballers such as Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Adriano.
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No one should accept racist abuse.
There's no place for racism at school, football or anywhere in society.
It's up to all us to work together to stamp out racism.
Show racism the red card.
What are your views on racism?
I think it's a shame that there is racism in a lot of walks of life, but the good people are really trying to stop it. It's good that there are programmes like this that encourage people to kick racism out of sport and life in general. It's a problem in society, but I think 99% of people are not racist, and are trying to eradicate it.
On suffering from Racism in Football
What are your thoughts on the racist abuse that the England players received when they played in Slovakia in October?
What stuck out most of all is when the stretcher came on. The four stretcher men were making monkey noises at Ashley Cole because when they left the pitch he was preparing to take a thrown-in. When the men with the stretcher are doing that it's quite sickening. If nothing is done players could reach a certain point where they snap and then you might see something like what happened when Eric Cantona attacked a racist fan in the crowd. That's not what we want to see in football so the authorities must act.
On the anti-racist campaign
Campaigns like this are good, because if there is going to be any long-term solution, it has to start with education. That's the only way to stamp it out altogether. This is a good time to step up the campaign to try and encourage FIFA and UEFA to take drastic action to stop this kind of racism. What happened in Slovakia was terrible.
Did you have any experiences of racism, growing up in London?
I was at a football club, I won't say where,at a club watching a game when I was about 18. I had a Saturday off, so I went and watched the team play. I was sitting in the stands and there was a policeman standing behind me about three rows back. The visiting team had a few black players in the side and a few of the black players made a few good tackles and I think one of them scored a goal. And there's this guy right in front of me started saying 'you black this' and 'you black that'. So I looked at my friend and said 'I think I'm going to leave, I can't sit here and listen to this all the time' and the policeman didn't say or do anything. The guy carried on shouting 'you black this and that' and then he turns round and says to me, 'oh, not you mate you're alright, it's just these ones, they get right on my nerves'. I just kind of laughed out of embarrassment for the guy and I looked at the policeman and he looked away, as if to say 'I didn't hear it'. It just makes you shake your head sometimes, they haven't got any self-respect to start talking like that. I ended up leaving the game before the end, so that was disappointing. But, that was one of the main things I've seen in football and it's something that, touch wood, is being driven out.
I've witnessed it during certain games and I've always tried to stand up against it. I don't believe in it and I don't think it has any credence in our game or our society at all...I've been called an "Irish so-and-so"...it makes me feel more determined. I never let it get on my back. I don't know what it's like (to experience racism) because of the colour of my skin. It's a shocking thing that because you've got a different colour skin to me that someone would have the gall to stand up and call you a certain name. It's ridiculous...The first time (I saw it) I was at Anfield and John Barnes was at Liverpool. I was a young pro at Liverpool in a derby game when the Everton supporters threw bananas. It was totally disgusting. That was the first time I had ever seen it at such close quarters.
Advice to young people who hear racism:
Discourage it as much as you can. If you hear someone say it, ask them why they say it - why would they
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A black man walks into a cafe one early morning and noticed that he was the only black man there. As he sat down, he noticed a white man behind him.
The white man said, "Colored people are not allowed here."
The black man turned around and stood up. He then said:
"When I was born I was black,"
"When I grew up I was black,"
"When I'm sick I'm black,"
"When I go in the sun I'm black,"
"When I'm cold I'm black,"
"When I die I'll be black."
"But you sir..."
"When you're born you're pink,"
"When you grow up you're white,"
"When you're sick, you're green,"
"When you go in the sun you turn red,"
"When you're cold you turn blue,"
"And when you die you turn purple."
"And you have the nerve to call me colored"
The black man then sat back down and the white man walked away...
Copy this into your space and help erase racism
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