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Racism rife in Euro 2012 capital

Donbas Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine - UEFA Euro 2012

Donbas Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine – UEFA Euro 2012

With the European Championships just round the corner all eyes turn to the host nations, Poland and Ukraine. In many ways this is just another championship in two ordinary countries in a exiting summer of sport. However, this championship could prove to be at the heart of the most controversial decision UEFA has ever made. By allowing the Euros to take place in Poland and Ukraine UEFA may be lumping their own heads on to the chopping board. The choice to allow Poland and Ukraine to host such a prestigious European football tournament could have dramatic consequences. It has been revealed that both nations are home to a horrific racist footballing culture. With this in mind we have to ask the question whether UEFA awarded the Euros aware of these barbaric attitudes, and if they were not, why they were unaware of the situation at hand?

I had read a few articles and heard the odd rumour that Polish and Ukrainian football fans could be racist, even to the point of undertaking racist attacks on other supporters and players alike. An awful thing to hear, especially when the UEFA are continually taking steps to rid football of racism. However, I didn’t really grasp the full magnitude of the problem that is blatant racism in these nations, until I watched the BBC Panorama programme¬†Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate. To understand the extent of the behaviour adopted by football fans you have to watch the programme. There behaviour can no longer be graced with the title Right Wing politics, it can only be described as hateful, anti-Semitic nazism.

These stadiums are a breading ground for prejudices, enmity and hostility to mere scapegoats labelled as the stimulus for their hate. These stadiums are the same ones fans from countries all over Europe will be sitting, singing and celebrating in. Does it seem right to welcome men, women and children into a place that houses an atmosphere resembling the horrific years of Nazi Germany?

It was very saddening to discover the racism that was so blatant in Poland and Ukraine, whether only in the footballing community or not, that is no excuse whatsoever. I sincerely hope UEFA have not, as I have, just discovered the situation they have entered players from all ethnic backgrounds into. This could seriously be a disaster. UEFA may have just opened a can of worms too big to swallow. UEFA must be accountable to the actions that take place in the host nations, after all UEFA were the ones gladly giving Poland and Ukraine the seat in the spotlight.

I can only hope that Poland and Ukraine are not embarrassed by these minorities who believe there is still a place for racism, let alone neo-nazis viewpoints in today’s world. In no way do I want an act of racism to be a feature of Euros 2012, however, I also don’t want these diseased cultures to go on unrecognised. There must be action taken against those who openly exclaim that ‘Jews should be hated’. There is something seriously wrong with a culture that overlooks the exclamation of racial hatred.

I had naively believed, hoped, that human nature had moved on from the past and learnt from the costly actions of others that in no way can racism, antisemitism or general hatred of an ethnic group be acceptable. We must destroy this misplaced anger, we have to, it is imperative if we are to survive as a species.

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Racism, an ignorant man’s game

I feel slightly worried by the fact that so many people have a real hate when the topic of racism is raised. The subject is a taboo which is a worry itself. There seem to be a growing feeling of distrust towards other cultures and races in Britain which concerns me. I am in favour of our multicultural culture and proud of the fact that other races want to come to Britain. We should see it as an honour to welcome other cultures into our country not a chore.

As you will probably already know the YouTube sensation, for all the wrong reasons, My Tram Experience defined a growing racist mentality in Britain. For anyone who has not seen the video, it is a lady with a young child on a tram insulting all the people that she deems to be immigrants and non British. In fact many on the tram will be just as British as she believes herself to be. The lady adopts the viewpoint that if you are not white then you are not British and have no right in this country which is a complete travesty.

The fact that there are people in my country with that extreme racist belief is a shame but not uncommon in a country with a population of around 60million. There are going to be very diverse viewpoints however positive or negative they may be. But what worries me is that there seems to not only be a minority of pro-racists there seems to be a growing sense that it is acceptable and patriotic to adopt racist beliefs.

There have been more videos posted onto YouTube similar to ‘My Tram Experience’ but with different people in different situations out right verbally attacking those they believe are not British. In addition to this there are videos in support of the racist stance taken by these people which is awful. These videos give the impression that there is a large percentage of Britons who also feel threatened by other races in their country which I sincerely hope is not the case.

Why do I say that racism is an ignorant man’s game. Well I say this because people seem to use immigrants as a scapegoat for the problems in their country, whatever that may be at the time. We saw it in Germany in the 1930s under Hitler and we’ve seen it in most countries across history at one period of time or another. But in the 21st Century is it a valid excuse to blame immigrants and other races for the troubles we have all created? Quite frankly no it’s not. We are in a difficult economic position along with the rest of the world and cannot simply blame immigrants for ‘stealing our jobs’. For much of the time the immigrants are the only ones willing to do certain low paid jobs and should be credited for it. People are struggling economically which is not nice, but to blame a race or races is plain ignorance. The state must realise it has a role to play, it must educate its people. If everyone was slightly more informed about the problems the nation was dealing with there would be a much smaller percentage that adamantly believe that other races and cultures were to blame.

The Government also surely has to live up to the reality that we have a media that can portray news in a racist manner. The media have hyped up a belief that to be in the European Union is a negative thing for Britain, which is debatable at least, and have a tendency to support racist viewpoints. This, may I note, is not the media as a whole but certain newspapers who take a racist stance. This is not outright blatant racist abuse but subtle reports or stories which fuel the many lower-class racist readers. Please excuse my stereotype, but what can often happen is the readership of these papers have little interest in nitty gritty serious news. Therefore, their readers are inclined to misreport events with a racist viewpoint because of the media’s chosen negative racial facts or interviews on the chosen subject.

After a serious ramble I hope to have appeared P.C and still conveyed my message that racism most certainly is an ignorant man’s game and that there really is no excuse for it in today’s multicultural world. In the end we are all God‘s creation of human beings.

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