There is racism in football, and also in all other areas of society, but although they are related, we are going to concentrate on racism in football.
First let me do a little preamble.
I know some people are easily offended by honest discussions of prejudice and race. There are those who confuse the terms “racism” and “prejudice.” Some believe the terms are interchangeable. I do not think it is.
The difference is that racism = prejudice + power. A lot of people have prejudices but not everyone has the power to transform that prejudice into a stimulus that can affect jobs, economics, education and housing.
From a purely sociological definition, prejudice is having an assumption about a person, group, place, thing, food, etc. without an experience to justify that assumption; hence, to “pre-judge” something.
We ALL have prejudices.
When the prejudice is by people with power or in a position of power, whether political, economic or otherwise, and they use that power to cause a part of society to fail, then this is the area where racism comes into play. What do I care if one calls me names? But if one part of society is hindered in making a life for oneself, in doing what one envisages, then to me, at least, that is the thing I call racism. Even if name calling causes me some discomfort, it will most likely not affect my livelihood.
To most people, racism is an “ism” much like Catholicism, Communism etc.
Look at the definition for “ism”.
noun informal derogatory
noun: ism; plural noun: isms
a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.
“he loathed isms and any form of dogma”.
Although there are many words, over 800, that end in “ism”, not all of them, as far as i can see can be attributed to a system or political ideology.
Because the most damaging racism in the world is practiced by a system or political idealogy, this tends to cause those most affected, to be wary of “isms”. Let me give an example.
To call someone a blackie, a honky, a kraut or any of the many derogatory names available is not racism, it is prejudice. None of the terms will affect the livelihood of the person(s) affected on a long term basis, especially not like racism does.
Look what racism has done in our world. African Holocaust, Jewish holocaust, Irish holocaust to mention just a few, have been directed by an organism, fed to whole societies, which is today more subtly done than in the past.
Just these three alone have cause an almost extinction scenario of the peoples affected, and in case you did not know, many of them continue to do so.
To deliberately denigrate, humiliate and torture one part of society is racism.
To deliberately cause anger and hatred to be taught in societies against one part of that society is racism.
To prevent members of one society from having the same opportunities as the others, thereby holding them back from achieving is racism.
This is where we come to football.
Because football is also a business and a money making part of society, the racism we are talking about is rampant in football.
It’s about not letting one part of society be able to fulfil their dreams and aspirations to the fullest, while allowing another part to fully realise their ambitions.
Now as far as i am concerned, the racism in football among the fans is non-existent. The frustration of losing can cause some to be prejudiced and hurl expletives at others, especially if the others are perceived differently by the frustrated. These people who do that, are a result of the subtle brainwashing and depictions in the media of the “different” peoples. Many have taken this into their sub consciousness and are sometimes even surprised at their own outburst.
Those who are not susceptible to the programming, or who do not watch or listen to media 24/7, are usually appalled at what they see happening in football, and indeed in many other areas of society, but they also end up being powerless to stop it. The media is under control by certain persons who, for their own nefarious purposes project division of peoples in all areas of society. It is not just in football, it is across the board. They divide us into groups and play one off against the other.
Usually these groups are a natural result of people’s choices and are completely non-threatening against one another. For example football. Ok there may be a little mudslinging and such, but no one really wants to go to war. Those in control use these diverse groups of individuality to stoke up conflict and keep it in the mind’s eye of the people, and they have a very good tool to do it. The media. This is why seeming unrelated events all have a common origin. It is a practice of those in control to infiltrate “good” organisations or buy them out and change them.
For example, a favourite trick, say in a football game is to have people there to do just that, create a racist type scenario. These people then infect others who are high on the game and whatever other substances they drink or use, causing a media wide story. This trick is/has been used in demonstrations and many other such events.
This is what we fight against. Be aware that all is not what it seems, especially when the media is reporting it.
This goes for ALL aspects of our life on planet Earth. If you think I’m not all there, then just study the history of our planet, and do not just take the media’s version.
There are many who have fought back and written books, spoken out, many have been killed or neutralised when families are threatened, but be warned, it is a dangerous game, and you have to be not afraid of dying for the truth in order to make the world a place where you would want your families to live peacefully in.
In researching this piece, I googled “which UK football team has had the most black strikers”.
There are a few disturbing links, at least to me:
Arsenal, as we supporters know is one of the teams who do have/have had many black players. I do sometimes wonder if this is the cause for the animosity of Arsenal over the years, but that would be another topic to research.
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