We Are Entering A New Decade And Racism Still Exists
We need to talk about racism. It exists, unfortunately.
It is an evil to be fought and cannot be tolerated.
I am against racism and other forms of prejudice.
We are all brothers, that we are equal despite the differences. These differences embellish humanity. It is like a garden, with several flowers that in harmony bring beauty and joy.
But I will state my opinion. I’m sure it won’t be a popular opinion.
I mention a fact that occurred during a soccer match in Brazil. It could have happened in any other match, in any other country. But I want to quote this one.
After scoring a goal, a player would have said to his opponent: “Shut up, nigger”!
This supposed fact generated a denunciation of racism. It caused the removal of the player and the dismissal of the coach.
The player, who does not speak Portuguese, went to social media and declared his innocence. He claimed not to have said that phrase. And there is no evidence that he said it. At least until the moment I write.
The press, even without evidence, has already made its judgment. It supports the player who is supportively offended.
Some commentators say that if nothing had happened, the player would not be so offended. As he was outraged, there should be evidence that there was racism.
This is not how we are going to end the evil of racism
It is a delicate topic, but we need to talk. The way this is being handled is not going to end racism at all.
One of the biggest mistakes in the approach is trying to combat racism with more racism. Hate with more hatred.
The same player who would have committed racism, claims to have been offended earlier for being a “shitty” foreigner. Was it xenophobia?
In my opinion, even if I had said the phrase, it would not be racism. At most, lack of education. He could have said, “Shut up, you fool.” Or “Shut up, opposing football player”.
I remember that, a few years ago, the same commentator who was judging this case, dubbed a famous player the “black god of football”.
It is not racism to say that a black man is black.
Racism consists of prejudice and discrimination based on social perceptions based on biological differences between peoples.
Racism would be to prohibit the player from playing, for being black. Or it would be forcing him to be in a different locker room because he is black.
It would be racism if he suffered aggression because he was black, not because he was a player on an opposing team.
Many will say that I have this attitude because I don’t suffer from racism. Because I’m white.
I am not giving a damn about this argument, because it is totally wrong.
Racism is not a struggle between whites and blacks. Just look at the crimes of World War II to see that.
My point is …
We are looking away from what is true racism. There are people in the world who are really discriminated against. Suffering prejudices. Losing property. Missing job opportunities. Being murdered. For racial reasons.
This I do not tolerate. That is what we should be indignant at. That is what we should be fighting against.
Will we really solve this problem, taking care of a football fight. I believe that football has sufficient means to resolve this.
For some time, black players were not allowed to play football. This is racism.
Later, the best soccer player of all time is a black man.
A black man who had an impressive talent. That he must have, in the heat of soccer disputes, heard worse things than this episode. And said worse things too …