Ian Wright believes that Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford have changed how Black footballers are perceived in the fight against racism. The Arsenal legend revealed that the fight against racism can only be achieved if white people get involved in it. Rashford received an MBE for helping poor children during the lockdown. Sterling too received an MBE for his service towards equality in football. Wright revealed that there has been a positive change but action needs to be made faster.
“Back in our day, if you got racially abused or something, you’d have to deal with that yourself but now that can’t happen,” Ian Wright said talking about Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling. “It’s people like Marcus Rashford, he changed the course of how people write about Black players, and Raheem Sterling – that’s power. They’ve got that power. They’re not only magnificent footballers, but they’ve also got a social conscience and they’ve got massive platforms where when they say something, people listen, and that’s what happens nowadays.”
“And what you see is everybody comes together when this happens now and this is how things change. Things are moving, not as quickly as they should be, but they are moving,” he added. “Things only change when white people get involved. If it was down to Black people, we would still be (constantly) being racially abused. We can’t change it alone. To have three generations playing football is amazing, I’m very proud of that, I’m very proud of them.”