There have been several high-profile back-and-forth accusations and denials of racism on football pitches in England and continental Europe this week, and while most journalists, bloggers and fans have taken the sane route—awaiting judgment from the authorities on the matter while condemning any and all racist behaviour from fans and players alike—the Daily Mail columnist Steve Doughty took a different and not-exactly-commendable option.

After describing a recent incident of racism from a fan at a football match in which the offender swiftly apologized to those around him for the outburst, Doughty says it was much worse “30 years ago,” and therefore:

Football reflects us all as it always did, and these days it’s both racist and not racist at the same time. Things may not be perfect but, at the end of the day, Gary, there are worse things to complain about.

So, Mr Evra and Mr Ferdinand, I know you feel insulted. But perhaps in this case you could just put up with it and get on with the game.

This argument is on the same logical plane as saying, “Well, we don’t lynch them anymore, could be a lot worse, they (non-white players) should be chuffed to be called ‘n*gger’ or ‘black c*nt.’”

There are and always will be racists in this world, sadly. In some sense, they’re not the core of the problem; rather, the problem is when racists are given moral license to be racist by equivocators writing in national newspapers like Mr. Doughty. If this kind of “opinion” is what passes for reasoned discourse in parts of the football world, racists will feel happy to go ahead being racist with the indirect backing of the mainstream press because, you know, it used to be a lot worse.

Comments (5)

  1. *Massive face-palm*

  2. So, basically, after years and years of fighting for equal rights, countless attempts by people and organizations, including FIFA, to put an end to racism, this guys argument is essentially suck it up and deal with it? Wow.

  3. Well, it is the Daily Mail.

  4. I don’t see how Mr. Doughty is racist nor do I see an argument that he is wrong at what he says. It’s a Holy Sin nowadays to even possibly try to discuss racism in any other sense other than immediately acclaim any such words as new Mein Kampf. I can see ‘you’re a racist’ parole is used nowadays just as easily as if one cab driver who is 2 minutes late is being compared to new Hitler.

    Why am I saying this? Cause I’m, for instance, just wondering, whether the author of this article believes there is any chance AT ALL that Cesc Fabregas for instance wasnt racist on Kanoute even if Freddy claims he was?

    • Kindly point out where in the article I called Mr. Doughty racist. And I’m not going to bother to go down your weird partisan rabbit hole.

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