We are all proud of the English team for reaching the finals of the Euros.
The team was built on the vision from Gareth Southgate of inclusion, diversity, respect and high performance.
It was a sad end that the penalty shoot out didn’t work in our favour, again.
This is no excuse for the outrageous language and behaviour used on all social media platforms over the last 24 hours in denigrating black talent who are role models for us all.
That is why I’m raising money for three respected organisations working in the field of anti racism and celebrating multicultural Britain: Operation Black Vote , founded by Lord Simon Woolley, celebrating its 25th anniversary, British Future , founded by Sunder Katwala and Kick it Out, English football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
These organisations have a track record in bringing communities together, challenging discrimation, and celebrating the best of Britishness. Let’s come together to show how proud we are of the team and raise money for these vital organisations.
I am a Windrush campaigner, social commentator and co-author of 100 Great Black Britons. I will chair a grants panel for distribution by British Future. who will collect these funds.