The article itself will be self explanatory about racism in sport, however I feel that it’s part of a larger issue that we be it a person of colour or not rarely want to talk about it in a meaningful way.
The point being racism is here, it’s a living breathing thing that can and has blighted many lives throughout the years, in the UK even there are many laws that protect against the more day-to-day bigotry, but people know that it’s unacceptable to airs those views publicly, so it becomes hidden.
With the PC brigade on the march over the last twenty years or so, people are now afraid to talk through fear of offending someone, but if you don’t talk about how can anything be resolved and the merry-go-round of discussion has got us nowhere.
I remember back in the late sixties early seventies seeing signs in windows “No Blacks No Irish” and not being served in some shops and we didn’t even have segregation here, and our race relations in the UK is amongst the best in Europe but still there remains problems.
This is learned behaviour kids pick it up at home and repeat to their friend in the playground, and it’s up to adults to teach kids why this it’s wrong to discriminate against other races in fact anyone who they deem to be different.
The government and employes have strict rules about racism and must be prepared to have full and fair investigations, though I will say not all accusations are true, and far too many use this as a defence for poor performance and work or just to accuse to defend bad behaviour, hence why each case must be looked into carefully, someone saying the word “Blackboard” in front of a black person does not constitute racism, the is the PC social disease at work.
I would say that people in general should call others on it when they see it happening I’ve been in situations where someone has made decidedly racist remarks and people tend to look down and be embarrassed then say to you later how awful it was, well if that’s the case why not speak up, you rarely get a clear answer to that.
I’m not saying everyone should rush out and be crusaders, but you can do your bit as and when you see it, and the act of saying “I think that’s wrong” will make people stop and think about what they’re saying.
There are many who will never change their minds they think anyone of colour is inferior to them, and take pleasure in issuing racial taunts, which can and does erupt into violence, it’s not enough to say that people of an older generation don’t mean it, anyone one with a TV set or radio knows it’s unacceptable.
As with sport footballer who are over paid and feel that they’re untouchable are just as wrong as sport is the one thing that does bring people together and when a black or white player resorts to racist taunts it diminishes not only the game, but the fabric of our society because we feel they should know better as they’re representatives of a team.
I for one never let anyone speak to me in that way or make me feel less than because of the colour of my skin, I don’t make assumptions about a person’s character, music tastes, culture, based on their skin tone, so why should I allow them to judge me based on one thing only.
As Martin Luther King said that he had a dream that man should not be judged by the colour of his skin but by the content of his character, that was true when he said it and it’s true now.
I won’t get many comments here perhaps a few likes why…because people don’t want to talk about it lest they be judged for being racist just for talking about it sadly.