Racism Alive and Well in Spanish Football

December 31, 2008 by Stephen Piggott · Comment
Filed under: Sports 

In February 2009 the English national football team is slated to play Spain in a high-profile exhibition match. The match was originally to be played in Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium home of Real Madrid. However, the last time England and Spain locked horns at the Bernabau stadium in 2005; the black players on England’s team were subjected to racist abuse by sections of the crowd. Because of this incident the governing body for football in England, the FA, is recommending that the game not be held there again.

At that game England’s players warmed up wearing anti-racist t-shirts but that did not stop the racist jeers. Every time a black English player touched the ball, sections of the crowd would boo loudly and some fans directed monkey chants towards them. Read more

Lewis Hamilton: Victory in the Face of Racism

November 19, 2008 by Stephen Piggott · 1 Comment
Filed under: Sports 

In June 2007, Lewis Hamilton made history by becoming the first black driver to win a Formula 1 race. A little more than a year later Hamilton drove his way into the history books again in dramatic style. Hamilton’s last gasp win in the final race of the season in Brazil won him his first Formula 1 Driver’s Championship. Hamilton’s win shocked the F1 world and delighted fans in his home country of England.

But for some fans Hamilton’s victory was not met with joy. Fans in Spain were especially bitter with Hamilton’s victory because of his feud with Spanish driver and former McLaren teammate, Fernando Alonso. Read more

Parades in Northern Ireland: A Veiled Excuse to Spread Hate

November 6, 2008 by Stephen Piggott · 2 Comments
Filed under: Politics 

Sunday in Belfast, Northern Ireland a parade was held for local British troops returning from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talk about the parade has dominated the Irish and English news over the past week because of the anticipation of trouble. In many nations around the world a parade for returning troops brings a sense of belonging and pride to the people who attend but in Northern Ireland parades mean a very different thing. Since the beginning of the troubles in the region, parades have been used most notably by the loyalists who want Northern Ireland to remain part of Great Britain. The parades in Northern Ireland in the past have been very bloody and violent, and even though the Troubles are over, marching British troops in the area were bound to stir up controversy. Read more