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Maybe I have a strange viewpoint, and (again) I'm not condoning racism, but I don't see 'insults' as being racist per se.
To me racism is where you purposely damage/disadvantage people based on race.
Being insulting is, to me, something different. People use perceived 'difference' to be insulting - glasses, hair colour, sex, sexual preference, colour, height, weight, spots - anything that is intended to wind the target up.
I agree that you could argue that the insults lead to racism and the people using the insults may indeed be racist.
I find it so odd that football is a sport where the supporters feel free to hurl whatever vile abuse they like at each other, the players and the officials - and where the players can hurl abuse at each other and the officials - and it is seen as part of the sport.
If JT had called Ferdinand an eff 'lanky' c, instead of an eff black c, no one would have batted an eyelid. If the Serbian's had called Rose a c all night would that then have been acceptable?
If people did the same at athletics meetings, or martial arts or cycling or rowing or hockey or...it would be looked on in a completely different light.
Why is football apparently exempt from simple common decency?
I think he and a couple of others were singled out for abuse based on race to begin with (before it was anyone & everyone), by the end it might not have been that specific but the behaviour was extreme and unforgivable
- 1 Reply to not_blonde_really
the serbs are well known racists. they hate black people & made that clear again at the end of the match.
they werent just picking on the black part to wind up the black players. they genuniely hate black people.
similar to most countries in that neck of the woods.
mainly through being highly uneducated.... i hope!
but i get johns point. its like u can say a persons skin colour followed by an insult but not be a racist.
like u can say u fat -insult here- & not be a fatist.
im sure fatist isnt a real word, but u get my drift.