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Ayr MSP praises ‘no place for racism’ campaign

Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown has praised an anti-racism campaign after two local children were selected as finalists in a Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) competition.

Jack Simpson in the category Primary 1-2 and Maddison Crane in the category Primary 3-5, from Dalmilling Primary in Ayr were chosen from more than 1400 entries and invited to Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park to display their artwork on Friday 10 June 2022.

Children from all over Scotland used art, poetry and videos to highlight the theme of the creative competition: No Place for Racism in Scotland.

It was the organization’s first in-person awards since the COVID-19 pandemic and those attending were able to take part in tours of the football museum, enjoy a range of activities and entertainment, and join together to say loud and clear – Scotland must be a fair and just country, welcoming and inclusive to all.

Commenting, Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown said:

I am very proud of Jack and Maddison and their efforts to highlight that racism has no place in Scotland. We need to keep talking about racism and we need more education. Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) does a wonderful job in our schools, communities, and clubs.

“Children aren’t born racist; they learn that behavior. Therefore, this is why the anti-racism message is so important and why we must listen to the views of children and their perception of the issue.

“I am keen to have discussions with schools around racism. It’s time to call it out. I would urge anyone who is being targeted in a racist way to get in touch.”

Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card Ged Grebby said:

“The Creative Competition is an opportunity for young people to have their voices heard. The entries from Jack and Maddison from Ayr represent the very best of anti-racism, and it was a privilege to celebrate them at the ceremony.”

The SNP MSP for Ayr, Prestwick and Troon is also urging teaching staff to take part in the Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) School Staff Survey. This will help in the campaign to embed anti-racism in the National Curriculum.