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Racism in the field of sports and everyday racism

Médicos del Mundo Euskadi is organising a conference on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Ethnic and Racial Discrimination at BBK KUNA.

Date 25/03/22

Time 17:00 – 20:00h

This year we want to get closer to the realities of a field that we do not usually inhabit such as the sports field, counting on high level sportswomen, being racialised women who today inspire many others.

The aim is to cultivate and raise awareness of behaviours that will advance the fight against racism and racial discrimination in all types of sports, including professional and amateur sports, children’s, teenage and team sports, and all sport-related activities both on and off the sports field.

Moreover, we were inspired by one of James Baldwin’s classic TV interviews. On The Dick Cavett Show in 1960. When Mr. Baldwin was asked.
“Why aren’t blacks optimistic? They say, ‘Everything is getting better. There are black mayors, there are blacks in all sports, there are blacks in politics. And even the most recent achievement is that they’re now in TV commercials.
“Is the situation improving while still being hopeless? Well, if I’m honest, I don’t think there’s much hope as long as people keep talking in this peculiar way. The question is not what’s happening here with black people, with people of colour, although it’s a relevant issue for me, you know? The question is what’s going to happen to this country, I insist”.
Today, we ask this question in a Spanish State context, what is going to happen to this country?

Yes, what is going to happen to this country? About these daily feelings of shock, anguish, anger, frustration, police abuses, anti-Gypsyism, Islamophobia, racism.

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