Anorak | John Terry: Is it always racism?

John Terry: Is it always racism?

by | 5th, February 2012

JOHN Terry Chelsea captain, is no longer John Terry England captain. The allegation that Terry racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand caused the FA to strip him of the captain’s armband. The illiberal anti-racist campaign the ridiculous drive to turn the working classes into overt anti-racists patrolled by get this the police has caused the craven FA to damn Terry.

The man Terry replaced as England captain just happens to be Anton Ferdinand’s older brother, Rio Ferdinand, of Manchester United.

Says Rio Ferdinand:

“I’ve felt like I’ve almost been fooled a little bit over the years. You look back to the days when John Barnes and all the guys who came before were playing, and all the stuff they had to deal with — bananas on the pitch. And I’ve always been somebody who’s championed our country for making great strides. I thought that era was gone. It seems it was just put to one side for a while and now it seems to be coming out a little bit more prominent. I hope it’s just a group of small-minded people who are making it newsworthy and it’ll be stamped out, but there are obviously still great strides to be made.”

Rio’s group of small-minded people are not, one imagines, the anti-racists who seek out racism in dust.

Is it always racism? Why can’t it just be prejudice? Racism is about inequality. Are black players still unaccepted by supporters and clubs? No. Why? Well, society has moved on. Black people have become part of public life. The skills of the black footballers have played a big part in that. It’s hard to spot any racist abuse at the match. It’s the rarity that makes it newsworthy, and the elite’s drive to make anti-racism a default postion that binds the nation. Is Manchester United captain Patrice Evra booed by Liverpool fans because he is black? No. Evra’s booed because he’s the enemy’s captain who

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