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Racism Threatens Safety at 2006 World Cup

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With only days left for the FIFA World Cup taking place in Germany, security is the biggest concern of the German authorities. BBC reports:

Thousands of police, surveillance aircraft, and soldiers trained in anti-chemical warfare are all on duty in Germany this month, making sure the World Cup is remembered only as a sporting spectacle.

No freebies for guessing the usual suspects: terrorists and soccer hooligans if you are familiar with the long traditions of the European soccer fans but there is one more suspect you might have missed:


According to Uwe-Karsten Heye, a former government spokesman, the situation is a bleak one:

There are small and medium-sized towns in Brandenburg and elsewhere which I would advise a visitor of another skin colour to avoid,

And he continued: "It is possible he wouldn't get out alive."


Mr. Heye was later forced to back down from his comments following an uproar from other politicians who obviously found his comments detrimental to the efforts of the German authorities doing their best to make the stay of the foreign guests as comfortable and safe as possible.

As a man of color myself, I have had my own share of experiences. None of them were life threatening or otherwise harmful but those chides and remarks from passing cars, or water balloons thrown at while I waited at bus stops in Los Angeles ruined my days. But then I was young and immature and the reality was Hollywood. Thankfully such incidents were few and far between.

Couple of years ago, I was addressed by the dreaded N-word. I didn't react. I simply ignored. To my surprise, it didn't leave a lingering sour for days to come. I realized, I have grown up.

Racially motivated attacks are not new, not in Europe and not in this part of the world either.
The far right exists, and they bring a different kind of hatred to the table. This only makes matters worse as our hands are already full with the perverted actions of Islamic Jihadists.

The world might as well be black and white but color blindness is a disease and love is in the rainbow.

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  • If the Iranian leader decides to go to Germany to watch his national team, I certainly hope he doesn’t “get out alive”…

  • Casey: Thanks
    Racism exists, sometimes openly and sometimes it’s subtle. It’s a serious issue, far more serious than what most people think. But to confront it head on is not always politically right, it’s something we would like to hide under the carpet and look other way.

    It is a common notion that once you take care of a problem by making laws, the problem ceases to exist. Unfortunately that’s not always the case.

  • Casey Lunkley

    Great article. It’s funny, these days we’re supposed to be more aware about racism, after the Civil Rights Movement, but now it’s taken a backseat to “more important” issues, like illegal immigration, where, funnily enough, racism seems to creep up.

    Once institutionalaized racism ceases, it seems, racism of all other kinds go ignored.

    Thanks for the article!