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Tom Adeyemi ‘race storm’: Police and state want to re-educate the Liverpool bigot

by | 7th, January 2012

WHO called Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi “a fucking black bastard” as his team took on and lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup? Well, allegedly, it was some mentally negligible pillock in the Kop End at Liverpool’s Anfield ground. One person.

One is not many. But it is enough for the Daily Mail’s David Gerges and Damien Gayle to write:

Racism in football reared its ugly head again last night as a young soccer star was so badly abused by the crowd in an FA Cup match that he broke down in tears.

So badly abused was Adeyemi that he cried.

We then get this :

Race is also high on the political agenda, with this week seeing the jailing of two thugs, Gary Dobson and David Norris, for the murder of young black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993 in Eltham, South-East London.

On what planet is an idiot calling someone names equated to the brutal, pre-mediated murder of a man because he was black? Is everything now seen through the prism of a racist murder 18 years ago? Is it always racism and not prejudice? This is not a debate on racism. This is not exposing bigotry. This is about singling out the wrong uns and re-educating them in the right way to behave. The State is not racist – it’s just individuals.

And why is this a big enough story to make it to national news bulletins? Why is this the Sun’s “Race Storm”? Are the police and media always on the look out for racism in football because they perceive it to be the sport of the white working classes, the maligned group that defines the better classes with its supposed ignorance of how decent members of society behave?

As players from both teams tried to calm down Adeyemi, fans in Liverpool’s stands then began singing the name of Suárez, upsetting the young player even more. He appeared to be in tears as he lifted his shirt to wipe his face.

Did the Liverpool fans who sang Suarez’s name hear the alleged racial abuse aimed at Adeyimi? If they did then the brains trust in the Kop End are using Suarez to attack a black footballer. Forget that the FA said there is enough evidence to suggest that Saurez is not a racist and just get a load of his supporters using his name as racial insult. Genius.

The Guardian quotes a witness:

Witnesses reported seeing two fans wearing Luis Suárez T-shirts – similar to those worn by Liverpool players at Wigan last month, after the Uruguayan was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra – confronting Adeyemi. A witness who gave evidence to Liverpool officials and the police said: “I was to the right of the Kop and the No11 turned to walk away after a tackle. I heard a single voice shout, ‘You fucking black bastard.’ He spun round with shock on his face and started pointing at the crowd, from where the shout had come.”

That state of shock does down the idea that football is rife with racism. Adeyemi was shocked. The fans around the bigot never took up the matter on the player’s behalf. Maybe they too were shocked at his isolated voice? Fans might also wonder why Adeyemi, a professional athlete, did not wade into the crowd and smack his abuser in the face a la Eric Cantona?

The police then get involved – and how they love to grandstand their anti-racist credentials:

“Merseyside Police can confirm that no one has been arrested this evening (Friday, 6 January) on suspicion of racially aggravated behaviour during tonight’s FA Cup fixture at Anfield. However, the Force and Liverpool Football Club are investigating following an incident that occurred during the second half of the game. The aim of the investigation is to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident to ascertain if any action needs to be taken.”

If you can’t trust the police to spot and castigate a racist who can your trust, eh? The police are not enlightened – they are just buying into the current conversation that racism is not what civilised Britain does. We are not like the others. Just as when racism was what Britain did so well because the British were more civilised and superior to the Other; the British are now superior because they do no racism. It is the official State position – and the police do what the State bids them.

The Mail then selects a few tweets to prove some kind of point:

Sai Adithya wrote: ‘The way the #LFC fans started singing Luis Suarez after abusing Adeyemi is plain disgraceful!’

Paul Dunn: “Liverpool FC officials are desperate to identify the fans who racially abused Tom Adeyemi, so they know which names to print on the t-shirts.”

South African football fan Kabelo MKhonto wrote: ‘Liverpool is a racist football team fi[r]st they abused Patrice Evra now Tom Adeyemi who was visibly upset and tearful…’

Yep, The Daily Mail picks the words of a South African with a black African name to highlight how racist Liverpool FC is. You might think a black South African would be able to spot racism – deliberate and vitriolic racism popularised by the State that debases humanity and divides nations. You might think Mr Mkhonto would be able to differentiate between racism and a prejudiced fool in a crowd. This, by the way, is the Liverpool FC that offers equal access to black and white fans, picks players of all skin shades and creeds on their ability and has no racial policy in any aspect of its set up. That the Mail actually repeats this idiotic tweet shows how the debate on race has become corrupted by the elite’s desire to show how anti-racist they are.

Is the Daily Mail a champion of equality? No. It’s just investing in a narrative that to be an anti-racist is to be better than the bigots. You know, the bigots – like those funny foreingers who just don’t get it (see Luis Suarez and Sepp Blatter).



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