SOCCER RACISM CASTS SHADOW ON WORLD CUP
As soon as Black athletes hit the field they are greeted by the vilest, most dehumanizing names imaginable. In addition to being called monkeys and having to be taunted with the crowd seemingly in unison making ape noises, the players also get bananas thrown at them. To add insult to injury, some players are even spit upon and roughed up. Where and when is this taking place you might ask? The United States, prior to the shattering of the color barrier? No, it’s today and it’s happening all across Europe. Even in Spain, a country that considered somewhat progressive in these matters, soccer arena racism is quite rampant. Last year in Italy, Marc Zoro was brought to tears and threatened to walk off the field after repeatedly putting up with the crowd’s shouting of racial epithets. Nike in tandem with some of Soccer’s greatest players is addressing this issue with their anti-racism campaign, Stand up Speak up.
For more info visit: www.nike.com
Here’s a story that recently ran on the ESPN touching upon this topic.
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