Racism is a part of these games



Racism is a part of Euro 2012. Actually racism is a part of European soccer.

More’s the pity.

We can run down the reasons for this.

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We forgot Greece.

And of course the best place to voice racist content? Midst the anonymity of the crowd. But let’s not get too caught up in the moment. The crowds that hurl abuse at black players in Spain and Portugal and Italy? ¬†They derive their fuel from the engines of those increasingly right wing regimes that seem to be popping up willy-nilly all over Europe.

Sport is a great leveler. But the liberal wave that brought Jackie Robinson to baseball and civil rights to the south in the US back in the 50s and the 60s is deader than jesus christ. There are no liberals any more. “Where have all the flowers gone?”

They were poisoned people.

We know what happens when unemployment and inflation make it impossible to have a thriving middle class. Right wing balkanization stokes the fires of racial intolerance. Our hint… for what it’s worth.

Look for the regimes that promise a new car in every garage in exchange for some ‘concessions’ on social policy.

And if they use stilted gang signs to introduce themselves? It’s time to run.

We know where this one’s going.

@terrancegavan on Twitter.