The bananas have gone, but that doesn't mean the fight is won
21:45 GMT, 23 October 2012
When I said last week that I wouldn't wear a Kick It Out T-shirt I wasn't trying to lead a protest.
I was speaking for myself. But what happened over the weekend has, I believe, underlined the depth of the issues I was trying to draw attention to.
I have not been involved in any discussions about creating a black players' union, although I heard human rights barrister Peter Herbert saying on Tuesday that talks had taken place.
Battle's not won: Jason Roberts decided not to wear a Kick It Out T-Shirt this weekend
And if those discussions have happened, then it shows that the existing union is not doing enough.
They were told that Saturday's protest might happen, and that this situation could occur.
Myself and a group of other players have been in detailed discussions with the PFA for some time.
We suggested to them all along that this week could be an issue, because people didn't want to wear the T-shirt.
There are lots of players from ethnic minority backgrounds at every level of the game who feel strongly about these things.
It has nothing to do with whether you are fortunate to play in the Premier League or at any level below that.
Me too: Rio Ferdinand (left) opted not to wear the T-shirt
No way: Rio's brother, Anton, also chose to boycott the T-shirt campaign ahead of QPR's clash with Everton at Loftus Road
I speak to players who are exasperated by the suggestion that the fight against racism has been won, simply because bananas no longer get thrown and monkey noises aren't made.
The last generation might have suffered from monkey chants, but we have to move it forward from just being happy that we no longer get that. Yes, it was progress.
But we can't decide that it is good enough, and we must keep moving the conversation forward.
We should have the same rights as other people to get into management and coaching.
For the number of players from ethnic minority backgrounds who have appeared at every level, there are still too few who have made it through into other aspects of the game.
It isn't just managers and coaches, either. There is not the representation in commercial jobs or other positions behind the scenes at football clubs.
People ask me what I'm looking for, and the answer is pretty simple.
It needs a serious approach to representation with proper resources to do the job that is needed to take things forward.
Longstanding: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott has not worn the campaign's shirt since 2007
Kick It Out has done some substantial things, but as an organisation it is not seriously funded, and it should be.
The equality department in the PFA needs to change and should have stonger leadership and more than just one or two staff. It doesn't have the resources or the manpower to tackle the job.
These are the issues that I felt needed to be raised. Detailed discussions and recommendations have been tabled for a year now, across several meetings, without any progress being made.
If the protests by different individual players over the weekend have helped to get people talking about them then it has done some good.
I have been greatly encouraged by the support I have received from fans who understood the points we have been trying to make.
What we want to see now is for the authorities to recognise the depth of feeling, and do something about it.