England footballer Ledley King was arrested after an alleged racist attack on a bouncer.
Racism is an ugly word, a word that these days is bandied around all too frequently; however in Ledley Kings case I don’t think it was used enough.
racism is racism
I often hear it said that black people, or any person that is non white, cannot be racist. As if, by virtue of their skin colour, they are immune to such abhorrent thoughts; even though the very implication that only white people can be racist, is, in itself, racist.
Ledley King was kind enough to give us an example of just how racist some non-whites can be and then played the non white racist’s trump card – calling the nearest white person racist! Ledley King claimed afterwards that the reason he got so angry was because the white doorman would not let him enter the club because he was black!
Not content will calling one Asian bouncer a ‘fat paki’, he also called the nearest white bouncer a ‘balding white cunt’. Now let’s put this in perspective, had anyone called King a ‘balding black cunt,’ or ‘fat nigger,’ there’d be hell to pay. Had it been the bouncers, they’d be out of a job, if not facing charges.
Yet after losing a couple of weeks wages, King will be back playing for Spurs and England, as if nothing happened. Had it been a white footballer, he’d have become a pariah. His career would be effectively ended as no one would want to touch him with a barge pole.
The FA has spent a fortune and enlisted many top stars trying to stamp out racism within football; launching campaigns such as ‘Stand up, Speak Up’ campaign and the Kick It Out campaign as well as the Show Racism the Red Card campaign, of which Ledley King was part of and a patron of, and which was shown in videos in schools. The FA claims to be intolerant of racism in any form.
The hypocrisy of Ledley King taking part in such a campaign is clear, he may well be against racism in any form whilst sober, but after a few drinks and when out with his mates, he is as racist as they come. As yet, I have not heard of the FA taking any action against him.
Racism in education
I found the Show Racism The Red Card videos on racism used by teachers a little unsettling. Ledley King, who apparently featured in the videos, is now conspicuous by his absence but the video still managed to raise my eyebrows.
Gary Lineker helpfully points out that white people have always been racist, what with them keeping slaves, and generally treating black people poorly. Despite the fact that black people themselves were keeping other blacks as slaves long before whites came along. He then points out that racism is part of our history, with the persecution of Jews and gypsies whilst showing images of the holocaust, despite the fact that this was German history and that tarring all whites with the same brush is, well, racist.
There is no mention of the fact that millions of white people from this country, alongside thousands of others of different colours and creeds, fought against such actions. Of course not, the indoctrination and white guilt trip start early these days. White people are racist, have always been racist and should be ashamed of themselves. No wonder non whites kids grow up thinking that only white people can be racist.
It is quite shocking to think that our children are getting this warped view of history, and not helped by the fact the very people that are recounting stories of racism that they were subjected to in the videos, are the same people perpertrating racism in the papers.