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Calvert-Lewin: It's important to speak about racism

17 Oct 2020

After suffering racism as a child the Everton striker stresses importance of education in schools

After first encountering discrimination at a very young age Dominic Calvert-Lewin has spoken of his support for the Premier League's initiative to promote education on racism in schools.

The Everton striker, leading the Premier League's scoring charts with six goals, says he suffered racism when he was about six.

So he has produced a video as part of the latest phase of the Premier League's No Room For Racism initiative to stimulate discussion among schoolchildren about racism.

"At that age the person that's being racist towards you probably don't quite understand what it really means or what they are actually saying," Calvert-Lewin says in the video.

"The lad actually became one of my best friends throughout school. It was just a prime example of not being educated at that point."

Educational videos

The video is part of a series of educational resources also featuring players such as Calvert-Lewin, Neal Maupay, Divock Origi, Hamza Choudhury, Manchester City Women's Demi Stokes and others.

The resources will be made available for free through the Premier League Primary Stars programme to more than 18,000 primary schools. 

"[It's important] to love yourself and never let what anybody says to you, whether it's about the colour of your skin or your appearance or anything like that [affect you]," Calvert-Lewin adds.

"Stand strong, be comfortable in yourself and speak. It's important to be vocal and don't be afraid."

Reporting leads to action

The latest phase of the initiative is highlighting ways fans can report discriminatory behaviour as well as continuing to apply pressure on social media companies to tackle racism on their platforms.

The League launched a dedicated reporting system in June 2020 for players, managers, coaches and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse. 

"Some players have reported it now and it's nice to know that if you do report it, something's going to happen," Calvert-Lewin says. "You know people are now getting punished now for what they are saying.

"It's empowering to know people of all different ethnicities are fighting for what's right."

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton

"It's obviously awfully sad that racism is still alive and still going on but it's also very empowering to know that people of all different ethnicities are standing with the movement and fighting for what's right."

Education important

But Calvert-Lewin returns to the importance of education at all ages to combat discrimination, especially with comments made on social media.

"They have to understand that what you put on the internet is there for ever," he says. "At the end of the day it can ultimately affect your future.

"It's so important you think before you speak and think before you type."

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