Despite worldwide attention and global movements to shine a light on and to overcome racism, the online racial abuse against Premier League players this past week has once again highlighted that we have a long way to go to tackling racism on the field, online and in the broader global community.
As part of the greater initiative against racism, Lucas Radebe joined Steven Pienaar and Shaka Hislop for the launch of “Show Racism The Red Card” in South Africa on Thursday, 28th January 2021.
Speaking on the virtual launch of the initiative, Lucas Radebe said, “It is a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Show Racism The Red Card South Africa. I was living in and playing for Leeds when Show Racism The Red Card was launched in the UK 25 years ago. I watched the growth of the organisation and noted with great interest and admiration the change that it created initially within the football community and then within the wider society. This is why I am thrilled and consider us fortunate that Show Racism The Red Card has identified South Africa as a country to partner with and extend their message”.
Reciting Nelson Mandela’s inspirational quotes on education and sport; “Education is the most powerful weapon” and that “Sport speaks to youth in a language they understand”, Lucas said, “This initiative is harnesses both the power of education and sport and I have no doubt that they will make a positive difference”.