Stand Up Against Racism26 April 2010

Show Racism the Red Card introduces a new strand of their anti-racist campaign: Stand Up Against Racism.

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racist charity established in 1996 with the aim of harnessing the profile of professional sports personalities to combat racism through education. The idea for this work came about when Stephen K Amos attended an educational event at Arsenal Football Club and went down a storm with the young people present.

The motivation for this campaign was the worrying success of the racist British National Party (BNP) in recent elections.

SRTRC are launching this initiative in the lead up to the General Election and the plan is to get some of the material out on YouTube. This campaign has grown very quickly due to the goodwill of comedians to lend their support free of charge. With the high profile status that comedians have and the power of humour, it can help to combat racist attitudes and highlight the absurdity of the views and policies of the far right.

Comedians who have already committed to supporting the campaign are Steven K Amos, Jeremy Hardy, Gordon Southern, Dave Johns, Stephen Grant, Daniel Simonsen, Kai Humphries, Ava Vidal, Sarah Millican, Paul F Taylor, Nick Helm, Michael Fabri, Paul Sinha, John Bishop, Shappi Khorsandi, Shazia Mirza and Kevin Day. Ken Loach has also pledged his support.