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Paul Elliott booted by his own Kick It Out anti-racism thought police

by | 23rd, February 2013

SO. Farewell Paul Elliott, who has left his role as the Football Association’s ambassador. He resigned. The former Celtic and Chelsea player, aged 48, was part of the FA’s judicial panel and sat on a load of Uefa committees. He made a big noise as a mouthpiece for anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

Says Elliott:

“Earlier this week, a former friend and business colleague, made public a text message I sent him, in which I used a term which is widely known as being derogatory to my own community. I regret using it; it is inappropriate and not part of my everyday vocabulary. As an advocate of high-standards of public behaviour, and integrity in public life, I know the use of this word sends out mixed messages and contradicts my position as a Kick It Out trustee. I will continue to be active in other projects in what I believe to be a true and just cause.”

Blah. Blah. Elliott called former Charlton Athletic player Richard Rufus a nigger “. His text ran:

Ur (sic) a stupid man nigger. You dog. Ur history my friend.

Is that racist? Both players are black. FA chairman David Bernstein explained:

“The use of discriminatory language is unacceptable, regardless of context.”

Regardless of context? That is ridiculous.

You can blame the Macpherson report into Stephen Lawrence’s murder for this sorry state of affairs. Sir William Macpherson said racism “can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice , ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people” .

You can be an unwitting racist. You can be racist without being a racist. It’s not about treting another human being as second-class citizen because of his race. It’s about perception.

Also: …any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or by any other person.” < We're all racist. But professional football is an industry where racism is not rife. Team selection is colour blind. David James was right when

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