Show Racism the Red Card Posted on: 26 Apr 2016

In March 2016 Whitburn Church of England Academy took part in the national ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ (SRtRC) school competition.  The competition focused on pupils developing their knowledge of racism and how it affects the person being targeted by racial abuse and also how it affects their family members and friends; in addition, the session also developed pupils knowledge of what racism is, who has been targeted, (e.g, football players) and why racism is not acceptable.

Whitburn Church of England Academy ran the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ competition across all of Key Stage 3; pupils were asked to produce anti-racism themed artwork, creative writing, a short film or music piece.

We are very proud to receive the news that out of 20, 000 entries nationally, one of our very talented Year 9 pupils Sharlize Sowden came 2nd in the Key Stage 3 Creative Writing Category.  Sharlize has subsequently been invited to West Ham United on the 28th April 2016 to receive her prize in an Award Ceremony.  Sharlize’s winning entry was fantastic and all at Whitburn Church of England Academy couldn’t be more proud of her efforts!

Racism, by Sharlize Sowden Age 14

Once there was a cloud of White and a cloud of Black.

The White lived in the North, the Black lived in the South and that seemed to be that, but then one day the wind had blew the Black towards the White, and the White was frightened because this did not seem right.

Whites began to bully Blacks for the colour of his fluff.

Believing he did not belong, he wasn’t White enough.

Black was sad, the Whites were glad, no rain was going to fall. Yet that single White, in a mind that’s right said “That’s not the case at all, look at all the crops emerging from the soil below. Without a little rain how were they supposed to grow? And how about when water falls and fills up all the sea? If there was none to evaporate then would there be me?”

The Whites felt bad and moved away, leaving White with Black. Friendship grew as they laughed through the days till Black went back.