Hamilton marches in ‘really moving’ London anti-racism protest

first_imgEarlier, Hamilton had penned an article for Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in which he said he was launching his own diversity body to attract more black youngsters into motor racing, insisting the “time for token gestures is over”.Hamilton, a powerful and influential voice, said he was teaming up with Britain’s Royal Academy of Engineering to launch The Hamilton Commission.”I’ve been fighting the stigma of racism throughout my racing career — from kids throwing things at me while karting, to being taunted by fans in black face at a 2007 Grand Prix, one of my first Formula One races,” wrote Hamilton.”Despite my success in the sport, the institutional barriers that have kept F1 highly exclusive persist. “It is not enough to point to me, or to a single new black hire, as a meaningful example of progress. Thousands of people are employed across this industry and that group needs to be more representative of society.”The research partnership wants to encourage young black people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Hamilton hopes that will then open up avenues to boost the number of minorities represented in Formula One.”The time for platitudes and token gestures is over,” he insisted.  “I was proud to be out there acknowledging and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and my black heritage. “I was also happy to see so many white supporters out there in the name of equality for all. It was really moving. I’m feeling extremely positive that change will come, but we cannot stop now. Keep pushing.”Hamilton also posted a photograph of himself holding up a Black Lives Matter sign while his T-shirt slogan said: ‘Black is a vibe’.The six-time world champion also wore a yellow scarf around his face. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton marched in the latest anti-racism protest in London on Sunday, describing the experience as “really moving”.The 35-year-old Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, joined the protests which have become common since the death of George Floyd in the United States last month.”Went down to Hyde Park today for the peaceful protest and I was so proud to see in person so many people of all races and backgrounds supporting this movement,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wilfried Zaha posts cryptic tweet after Arsenal’s £40m transfer bid is rejected

first_img Top articles Full Screen Read More SPONSORED Arsenal’s opening bid of £40m for Wilfried Zaha was turned down by Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Wilfried Zaha has got Arsenal fans talking with a cryptic tweet amid speculation that he could be set for a move to the Emirates this summer.Arsenal have had a bid of £40million rejected for Zaha, with Crystal Palace holding out for a fee of around £70m for the 26-year-old forward.Unai Emery has a tight transfer budget following the Gunners’ failure to secure Champions League qualification, but they have not given up hope of signing Zaha just yet.While Palace were reportedly left ‘furious’ and ‘incensed’ by the opening offer, Arsenal are already lining up their next move to lure Zaha from south to north London..AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Coming Next Video Settings Ian Wright is confident Zaha would be a ‘magnificent’ signing for his former club this summer.‘We’re trying to get Wilfried Zaha, which would be magnificent,’ Wright told The South China Morning Post.‘You want competition for places. Defensively, I think everyone can agree, we need some strength in there.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘You can always strengthen in the midfield. Aaron Ramsey’s gone.‘We need that midfielder who is going to join the front guys and try to contribute with goals.‘Goals is a premium so you always want to be linked with a striker that might be able to come and help.’MORE: PSG want Arsenal target Malcom as part of deal to send Neymar back to Barcelona Read More Advertisement PLAY Read More It’s no secret that Zaha grew up supporting Arsenal and his brother, Judicael, has pleaded with Palace to let the attacker seal his ‘dream’ transfer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIn a tweet on Saturday, Zaha appeared upset with the constant speculation of people speaking for and about him – but it’s not clear who specifically the message was aimed at.‘Whatever happened to speaking facts?’ the Ivory Coast international told his followers.‘Its sad and annoying how anyone will just open their mouth and speak on things or situations they know absolutely nothing about.’ Skip Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling center_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Zaha is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and scored in the side’s 4-1 victory over Namibia on Monday.Speaking ahead of the Ivory Coast’s last-16 clash with Mali, Zaha refused to rule out a move to Arsenal in the coming weeks.Asked about Arsenal’s failed £40m offer, Zaha told On Sport: ‘I have no comment on it. The only thing that’s on my mind right now is trying to win this cup [AFCON].’Pushed on whether he would like to play for Arsenal, he replied: ‘I don’t know… we’ll see in the future.’ 1 min. story / by Metro Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Jul 2019 4:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link782Shares Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment Wilfried Zaha posts cryptic tweet after Arsenal’s £40m transfer bid is rejectedlast_img read more