'Sport in the Dock' during free debate
Professor Ben Carrington of the University of Texas is leading a free debate on the interconnections between race, sport and law, entitled ‘Sport in the Dock’ at the Institute of Education in London next Tuesday (25 September).
Running from 6.30-9.30pm, the event, launched by Moore Development Consultancy and David Neita Elect, in conjunction with the Runnymede Trust, Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Network and the Institute of Education, will consist of a series of keynote speeches and a panel discussion.
The topics of conversation will revolve around recent high-profile incidents, the role of the law in regulating social behaviour and the extent to which legal remedies should be used in the fight against racism in sports, and whether particular institutions fall foul of what William Macpherson’s Inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence referred to as ‘unwitting racism’.
“Questions will be asked about how far sports have really progressed in eradicating racism from the playing fields, terraces, dressing rooms, and board rooms,” said Professor Carrington. “Do the sportsmedia (print, radio and television) themselves deserve more critical attention? What forms of racism and antiracism are being produced by new social media such as Facebook and Twitter?”
“Given these developments, what might we learn from other countries such as the United States of America where more pro-active forms of ‘affirmative action’ and legal redress have been used to challenge both individual and institutional forms of racism? Anti-racist campaigning, often utilising existing laws, seem to have been effective in addressing some of the more overt forms of racism in sports, but have such ‘successes’ obscured the complexity and on-going reality of racism in the twenty-first century?”
“Given the importance of sports in society and the continuing examples of racism across a range of sports, do we now need a Macpherson-style Inquiry or Public Commission into the topic of racism in sports in Britain?
“This event seeks to put many of the recent controversies concerning racism and sports into a broader historical perspective, to address the central question of how the law can be more effectively used to challenge racism today, and finally to outline what actions fans, players, governing bodies and the legal system need to take moving forward.”
Spaces are limited for this free event. Please RSVP on email@example.com.
To see a video of a recent debate entitled ‘Does Sport Promote or Challenge Racism?’, please click here.