A Recap of Racism and Tolerance at Euro 2012Posted by whitecovermagazine
Leave it to Europe to leave nothing to the imagination.
Whether it’s bold and sometimes violent French kissing – despite varying levels of attraction in either partner – or fan’s monkey calls at black players in packed stadiums, Europeans certainly don’t mind letting us know their opinion of anybody, be it tasteful, bitter sweet, or vomit-inducing.
(Of course, I am generalizing, but isn’t that the way it’s done now?)
Past grievances and events are just kind of glossed over with time, and moments that would be met with outrage or an inward look at our game in North America are simply confronted with awkward silences and – at most – a collar-tugging reaction across the Atlantic.
Such is the system when you have too many countries with too many varying definitions of ethnic tolerance. Such is the system when you’ve fought two World Wars, largely as the host, and you’re still fighting. Such is the system when political tensions give way to economic tensions, and when some countries just don’t have what other countries do.
Such is the system where racism is not just a historical footnote, but a continued practice.
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