Jude Bellingham: “It’s time to start a conversation about racism”

‘Maybe we are alone’: Jude Bellingham questions whether authorities ‘care’ about racist abuse directed at Black footballers http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jul/21/jude-bellingham-council-anti-racism-whit-footballers-racist-abuse-racism-jesus-jeremy-jones-black

The Guardian article is below.

Footballers: How anti-racism was implemented http://guardian.co.uk/sport/2015/jul/18/racism-footballers-police-anti-racism-lads-jews

The Guardian article The Guardian coverage of racism in football

Last updated: 18/7/2015, Sunday 20:57

A senior police officer has admitted that his force had not done a full investigation. Meanwhile, a senior officer described the handling of the initial abuse as “wholly inadequate. “

Jude Bellingham, who led the Guardian’s investigation, said police forces had often failed to deal with cases of racist abuse. His article is below.

The Guardian article The Guardian coverage of racism in football

The Guardian’s coverage of racism in football

Last updated: 17/7/2015, Thursday 18:20

Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham is a British writer, broadcaster and television producer. He wrote the bestselling book Why Are All the Blacks Singing?, which focused on the experiences and culture of people of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain. At the age of 39 he married his first wife, and soon afterwards took up a new job as a reporter in the West Midlands, the biggest urban area of Britain.

Jude attended a public meeting about the issue of racism, but after this he did not see police and other authorities addressing the problem.

At the time of the initial abuse at the 2009 FA Cup Final between QPR and Arsenal, when the two sides had already finished level on points, Jude contacted the anti-racism organisation Kick It Out and asked them to investigate the abuse. This led to the establishment of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is a statutory body with powers to investigate discrimination complaints about race, religion and disability, and to support the victims of such incidents

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