Hamilton launches new commission to improve diversity in motorsport

Hamilton launches diversity improvement commission
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will start a new research partnership to improve diversity in motorsport and enable "real, tangible and measurable changes".
In the midst of global protests against racial injustices after the US police killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in late May, Hamilton has spoken of the # BlackLivesMatter movement in recent weeks.
Six-time world champion Hamilton is the only black driver in F1 history and criticized his white-dominated industry for "keeping silent" after the recent activism.
In tomorrow's edition of the Sunday Times, Hamilton wrote about his recent messages and said, "I saw people I respected when they said nothing and it broke my heart, so I had to speak out."
The Mercedes driver writes about his experience of racism in motorsport - "from children throwing things at me while karting to mocking fans with a black face at a 2007 Grand Prix" - and said he was "up to the idea." accustomed that nobody will do it. " Speak for me when I'm exposed to racism because nobody feels or understands my experience personally. "
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To improve diversity in the white-dominated motorsport industry, Hamilton announced in the article the launch of the Hamilton Commission, a new research partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Hamilton launches diversity improvement commission
The Hamilton Commission will "explore how motorsport can be used to attract more young people with black backgrounds to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, and ultimately to our teams or other sectors of engineering. "
Hamilton continued: "Areas such as the lack of role models and career services in schools, opportunities to attract more black youth to out-of-school STEM activities, obstacles to preventing people from different backgrounds from entering the racing industry, and problematic hiring practices are examined that lead to fewer black graduates entering engineering jobs.
"This will not be independent research.
"We want to hear from the young people and graduates who deal with these challenges every day, and we are in the process of gaining additional partners who work in local black communities to create first-hand prospects.
"In addition, we would like to involve executives from politics and business who are committed to activating research recommendations.
"The time for platitudes and token gestures is over.
"I hope that the Hamilton Commission will make real, tangible and measurable changes possible.
"Looking back in 20 years, I want to see that the sport that has opened up so many opportunities for a shy black Stevenage working class child becomes as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in."
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