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IT’S TIME TO TAKE A STRINGENT ACTION ON RACISM -WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH.

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IT’S TIME TO TAKE A STRINGENT ACTION ON RACISM -WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH.
A week after a Black Lives Matter protest turned to violence when the statue of wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was daubed in graffiti which called him a racist, and despite warning from police not to attend protests at all today - and to be off the streets by 5.00pm - a large group crowd of right-wing groups and veterans gathered at the boxed-in statue to 'protect it from further vandalism' by Black Lives Matter and anti-racism protesters, on 13th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)

I have a bosom friend whose words of advice I always try to follow at times of crisis. He always says: “What do you want the outcome to be? Work backwards from there”.It helps calm me down if someone has said something to annoy me or behaved in a way I think is irresponsible or downright stupid. It’s a fine mantra if you want to preserve family, friendship or work ties and if you have the luxury of time. When the outcome is so clear that you can’t believe you are even having to address the issue again, you need a more urgent response. On the issue of racism in football,or indeed in any environment , the only acceptable outcome is that it should not exist.You would have thought that by 2021,in a supposedly advanced , educated society ,we would have achieved that. 

Why are we still talking about racism in football when we all know what we want the outcome to be? Needless to say that,The FA’s Kick It Out campaign has clearly failed if so -called fans are ignoring it by still abusing players on the basis of their race or color of skin. England’s Football Association has vowed to work with the British government and social media platforms to tackle racism after a spate of incidents early this year involving Premier League players from Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United being targeted by online abuse. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford claims he has been racially abused through social media platforms.“Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.”

No player should have to withstand abuse,either in crowds(when they were allowed) or on social media, Words matter but in tackling racism, they seem to have had little effect. Anonymity on social media sites has empowered people to bombard  individuals with hate speech. It is a crime and yet the victims are the ones who have to stand up to it. Downing Street has said the football authorities need to do more to tackle racism in the game after calls for a government inquiry and more comprehensive sanctions. No 10’s comments were echoed by Priti Patel, the home secretary, who said: “Those found guilty of a racially aggravated offence under the Public Order Act can face a sentence of both six months in prison and a 10-year ban from attending all football matches. 

We all have a part to play in making this world a better and more equal place , racism either in football , at work place or in any form is absolutely outdated and is completely unacceptable! Human is our only race! England player Jadon Sancho once said incidents of racism made him question why he played football and that he feared such abuse could make players lose their love of the sport. 

Author: Linda .R. Jones

London, UK

lindarj83@gmail.com