As a result of Sunday’s football match, Black people across the country are being targeted, harassed and racially abused both on and offline. In light of this, I ask that you are mindful of the fact that this is going to be a particularly difficult time for many Black pupils. Please check in with them and keep your ears and eyes open for any forms of racism.
If you witness any racist incidents, you can take the following steps:
Speak out. Do not be a bystander: intervene if it is safe to do so.
Support the victim. Let them know that you are there.
If a pupil/staff member is the victim of racism:
Listen: do not try to rationalise it, compare it or speak over the victim.
Ask what you can do for them: “Is there anything you would like me to do? How can I help you?” are good phrases. The answer to these questions may be “no” and that’s okay.
Let them know that you are there to support them.
Take steps to create change.
To the people of colour impacted by racist responses, remember that your humanity, worth and value are not determined by your success or accomplishments. You are enough.