During the last two months I have spent time in India, China, Italy, France, Greece, Nigeria and Russia – or at least it feels like that to me.
In the International Journalism course at Westminster University there are students from almost all over the world learning together, writing and broadcasting together, working on their careers together.
But it doesn’t stop there. The kitchens always smell of exotic food of at least four different nations, skype conversations in different languages can be overheard (though not understood) and bits and pieces of information about far away countries are being exchanged all the time.
There seems to be no such thing as racism.
Then why is it that Kevin Coleman from ‘Kick it out’ (an organisation fighting racism in football) came to the University to talk to the students about it?
“Racism is everywhere in society,” Coleman said. “It happens in supermarkets and restaurants and also in football.” Click on the image to listen to Coleman’s definition of racism:
Being from Germany, where hooligans and racism at football matches sadly are not exactly rare, I’m wondering what impact organisations like ‘Kick it out’ actually have.
“People don’t listen when organisations tell them what to do. It’s much more successful if mates or coaches tell them to shut up,” is Coleman’s estimation.
What would you do if you witnessed a case of racism?
Click on the image to listen to what Kevin Coleman thinks you should do:
Excuse my English, but: I think racism sucks.
Anyone who thinks he is better off with people from his own skin-colour, background and looks is nothing but small minded.
Anyone who discriminates somebody else for racial, sexual or religious reasons doesn’t get what society is about. Especially not the globalised society of the 21st century.