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Tuesday 8 June 2021

Taking The Knee - It’s About Racism, Stupid

One lesson that many white people learn very quickly is that they are the last people to tell those who are not white what does, and does not, constitute racism. The corollary is that when people who are not white say there is racism directed towards them, it is not a claim to be dismissed merely because it’s inconvenient to white people to do something about it.

Gareth Southgate

Which brings us to football, and specifically the practice of taking the knee before matches. This should not be controversial, but has become so, not least because shameless (and universally white) opportunists out there on the right pretend that the practice has something to do with Rotten Lefties™, while some less principled politicians have declined to give the practice their unambiguous support. Let’s start with the reason for doing it.

After England manager Gareth Southgate had confirmed that this was an anti-racist move, Channel 4 News host Krishnan Guru-Murthy summed up: “The England team couldn’t be clearer : taking the knee is about challenging racism and expressing solidarity with those who’ve suffered it. It isn’t about supporting the politics of some BLM activists. So if you want to boo (it’s a free country) just be clear what you are booing”. Got that?

Sadly, some people out there have not, not least the loathsome Toby Young, taking time off from pretending the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really happening to bleat “Fans booing players taking the knee aren’t booing the cause of anti-racism, but a divisive, hard left, neo-racist organisation called BLM. If the England players expressed their support for the cause of anti-racism in another way - linking arms, for instance - no one would boo”.

Following Tobes’ mighty white lecture on what constituted racism came washed up not-at-all-hip-and-no-longer-young-gunslinger Tony Parsons. “I have loved Gareth Southgate since he scuffed that penalty but I am sad that the [England] manager can’t understand where those boos come from - desecration of the war memorial to our dead, the loathing of violence inflicted on police and their horses, and a nut job Marxist ideology”. Wrong.

Anyone else fancy a little deflection? Former minor thesp, not very good chanteur and DOA politician Laurence Fox certainly would. “If any knockout game in the euros remains a draw at full time, the result could be decided by a penalty kneel out. Each teams selects five players to do their most virtuous kneel. The team that gets the least boos wins”.

But he didn’t get it either. Nor did self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Dooda, who, after having the reason for taking the knee spelt out to her, declared “Nonsense. The booing of players taking the knee is motivated by football fans who'd just like to enjoy a good game of football with having to be lectured first about how they're all nasty racists by virtue signalling millionaires”. Here endeth the lesson. Cos she doesn’t want to learn it.

As Paul Bernal put it, “If you boo England players taking the knee, you’re a racist. If you condone the booing, you’re a racist. It’s as simple as that”. Gary Lineker, who has seen what England players who are not white have had to put up with in the recent past, mused “If you boo [England] players for taking the knee, you’re part of the reason why players are taking the knee”. It’s about racism. And saying that it should finally be shown the door.

White people lecturing everyone else about what racism is, or is not, carries on. What is worse is that those doing the lecturing show no sign of learning. That’s not good enough.

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Anonymous said...

All of which demonstrates just how institutionalised is racism in Britain.

The guilty propagandists long ago extinguished any sense of moral decency they may once have had. This makes them a gang of psychopaths and sociopaths. There is real insanity in it, real deep-rooted evil.

And always, ALWAYS, it's the same sick, twisted, paranoid faces vomiting their madness.

Do we really need to ask where this sheer wicked rottenness leads?

Mr Larrington said...

Looza Fox has also been complaining about the Pride-themed pedestrian lights in That London. To which one Jon Dryden Taylor notes:

"In fairness, L*wrence F*x probably didn't notice the Pride traffic lights before because he hasn't had much call to be in the West End in the five years since they went up."

Anonymous said...

Making a statement against racism in football= Branding all football fans as racist.

The dumb "logic" of the likes of Hartley-Brewer.

Mr Larrington said...

Today’s Daily Star front page:


Meanwhile, PeteB99 says:

“[…] Martin Daubney, ex Brexit Party MEP and editor of Loaded, who apparently would like to shake the hand of the two England players who didn't take the knee before the match with Romania.

He must have missed the fact that there was a colour clash and England were the team in blue, the two players he was talking about were Romanians.”

Anonymous said...

Someone should remind Julia Hartley brewer that she really isn’t Hattie mcdaniels

iMatt said...

These bigots cannot be seen to be too overtly racist. Thus they have to find a more 'subtle' way of attacking BLM. Hence the "Marxist" tag. In a similar vein in which they lazily call the EU simultaneously Nazi AND Communist, Neoliberal AND Protectionist! These goons have very little imagination or originality whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

Reading those words from racist far right lowlives like Young, hearing those boos, makes me ashamed of this country.

What have we become?

Anonymous said...

Lemme try and understand this. Two weeks or so ago football fans basically had a proletarian uprising against the big capitalists who control the game resulting in a win for the working class and a smacking for the bourgeoisie.

Now those same footie fans are booing a bunch of black lads because apparently the black lads are secretly Marxist and so are the white lads who play with them and so is the England manager for asking fans not to be racist.

Have I got that right?

Anonymous said...

Re: The egregious Parsons. Let us never forget his GQ piece where he came out as a Conservative:


Pay attention to this bit: "...and, above all, that endless pious prattle about the NHS - as though the British have no other identity but as a sickly, enfeebled, diseased people in need of having our bottoms wiped by the state from dawn till dusk."

Parsons and that helium-voiced racist ex of his irritate me in ways it's hard to elucidate. Grrrr.

Anonymous said...

To 16:48.

No. You've got it wrong.

It wasn't "those same footie fans".

Only here to help.

The Real Mr.Christchurch said...

Lampooned by Viz as Tony Parsole.