Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Racism in hockey: It’s time to open the dialogue and fix the issue

Opinion | By Stephen Williams

Racism in hockey is nuanced. It’s not always abusive, although, as Tendo Kimuli explained in The Hockey Paper last week, it can be. Often though, it is disguised in the subtle use of language and implicit stereotyping. To see England Hockey release a statement, and for Nick Pink to reach out to Tendo in relation to his claims, is refreshing. Yet, to ensure hockey is free of discrimination we must be proactive, not reactive. There is no easy fix, but light must be shed on the issue. And more must be done to welcome all those from different backgrounds into hockey, so that it is truly a game for everybody.

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