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Preston’s Ranvir Singh speaks passionately about peaceful protest in football

Posted on - 14th July, 2021 - 11:03am | Author - | Posted in - People, Politics, Preston News
Ranvir appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak about anti-racism and being inspired by young footballers. Pic: GMB, ITV

This morning (Wednesday, July 14) Ranvir Singh appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak about anti-racism in football.

She said: “Courage is contagious. I am 43 years old. I am inspired by young black sportsmen half my age to speak in a way I haven’t spoken before.”

The Preston born-and-bred presenter went on to say that taking the knee in football is one of the ‘most peaceful’ forms of protest, but the fact it causes ‘such provocation’ is exactly the reason why it should be done.

Read more: Year four pupils at Penwortham primary school show solidarity with England team

She said: “It is riling exactly the right people in my view.”

She then went on to speak passionately about her experience speaking with her young son about racism.

Ranvir said: “It was interesting – I spoke to my son yesterday because it was obviously on the telly […] and it was my responsibility to talk to him about it when I got home and he said ‘I’m really proud of you mummy.’

“I said ‘that’s really nice’ and he said to me ‘just like you don’t want your child to have racism, I don’t want my children to have racism but I imagine it will still happen.’

“That’s my nine year old saying ‘I imagine it will still happen’ and that’s why it’s all our responsibility isn’t it [to stop racism].”

Read more: Primary school pupils in Lea pen letter to Marcus Rashford 

She also appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday (Tuesday, July 13) to speak about the impact of racism.

Susanna Reid held back tears as she struggled to read a letter from Dexter, aged 9, who told Rashford how proud he was of him.

Ranvir then joined the conversation, becoming emotional as she said ‘you’re privileged if you don’t have to think about it [racism].’

She said: “Now I think we have to remove that privilege. We all have to think about it, regardless of what skin we walk in.”

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