Punished for Suffering from Racism
by PedgeRuest on October 9, 2015 - 11:46am
The article entitled “Hulk Accuses Russian Fans of Racism” published by The New York Times on September 27th 2015 by The Associated Press speaks about the how racism is constantly an issue that is being ignored, even in major soccer leagues. As reported by The Associated Press, racial abuse from both fans and referee’s occurs almost every time games take place in Russia and that these discriminatory situations do not even show up on the match’s official reports. Furthermore, as quoted in the article, Hulk explains how this discrimination happens often; especially coming from the spectators and that he believes that there is no point in doing anything about it. However that is not all, Emmanuel Frimpong a player from Arsenal, was also racially discriminated by fans while playing in Russia, to only be banned from two games after being accused of offensive behaviour towards these fans. Therefore as demonstrated by this article, Russia still seems to be in denial over the racial discrimination occurring in their country even after all these incidents.
To begin, “Hulk Accuses Russian Fans of Racism” is an effective article passing the message of racism being present everywhere in society. However, I also believe that this article is weak for the reason that it does not stress enough the fact that racism is still a present for the spectators to be affected by this issue. To be clearer, The Associated Press discusses about racial discrimination suffered by players while playing in Russia because of both spectators and referee’s. Also, it explains how Hulk, a victim of this issue, believes that there is no use to speaking about it or trying to resolve this issue. However, why does he believe this? Is it because he is not much affected by the event or because he believes that even if he does try to do something about it, nothing would be done? Thus, this statement is ambiguous because it lacks reasoning. Although, I would also like to address why Hulk is wrong for thinking that there is no use in speaking about racial discrimination. As stated in “Children are not colorblind: how young children learn race” by Erin N. Winkler, it is important to be explained racial differences and why discrimination is wrong, especially for young children. Winkler explains how children learn about race and how they draw certain personal conclusions based on how they view society, mostly of which leads to white being seen as the privileged. Therefore it is important for society to pinpoint these issues and speak about them critically in order for children to learn that these attitudes are unacceptable and diminish possible future consequences due to this issue. In conclusion, the article does not give enough information to impact the readers and to educate them about how it is crucial to speak openly and critically about racial discrimination.
The Associated Press. (2015, Sept 27). Hulk accuses Russian fans of racism. New York Times.
Winkler, E.N. (2015, Fall). Children are not colorblind: How young children learn race.
In A. Nouvet, (Ed.), Anthropology 381-204-LA: The Myth of Race and the
Reality of Racism (pp.40-47). St-Lambert, Qc: Champlain College Bookstore.