Lewis Hamilton, a renowned F1 Six time world champion with a winning record of 84 wins has announced a launch of ‘Hamilton Commission’.The famous driver who drives for Mercedes, has taken this initiative inspired by the global ‘Black Lives Matter (BLM)’ protests with an aim to improve diversity in motorsport .
What all motivated Hamilton to launch the commission ?
This announcement has come during the global BLM protests, which Lewis Hamilton has openly supported.Not only did he support the protests but also shared his anti-race experiences, which he faced during his early career days.
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 racesLewis Hamilton to The Sunday Times
He added, “I’m used to being one of very few people of colour on my teams and, more than that, I’m used to the idea that no one will speak up for me when I face racism, because no one personally feels or understands my experience”.
Moreover, Hamilton Commission also justifies his role as an Ambassador of UN’s Global goal for Education.He was recently appointed as an Ambassador of UN in the field of education & since then working for the betterment of the society.After, protests erupt worldwide regarding BLM, Hamilton decided to channelise his energy, influence & investment into creating more inclusive world, with education as the starting point.
On the other hand, F1 & his team ‘Mercedes’ has recently backed his statements regarding diversity and against racism.
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Thousands of people are employed across this industry and that group needs to be more representative of societyLewis Hamilton
Hamilton Commission will look into providing a fair chance to everyone from every race, so that racial diversity could improve in the world of motorsport. It should be noted that Lewis Hamilton is the – First Black Superstar in F1 history.The commission is a new research partnership aimed at making motorsport “as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in”.
Without a doubt, it is because of this reason Hamilton got motivation to launch a ‘Hamilton Commission’ in partnership with Royal Academy of Engineering.
The research partnership will be dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to engage more young people from black backgrounds with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectorsSaid Hamilton
Why did he speak on inclusiveness & racism ?
He said that “the events in Minneapolis led to a global awakening to the systematic racism, witnessed and experienced by every person of colour across the world, and something that is only too familiar to me”.
He added, “Injustice prevails when you remain neutral.It broke my heart, when i saw people i respected aren’t speaking out in recent weeks”