Nothing justifies racism: I'm tired of excuses
It does not matter if the comment is racist, sexist, xenophobic or homophobic, it should not happen, period.
In my lifetime, I have not experienced a racist attack. At least not directly. I still don't know if, in any job interview, they didn't accept me because I'm black and Latino. However, I have read cases and seen videos about this stupid behavior. I hope to create a type of reflection through this writing which I have been keeping inside of my chest since the beginning of this week and the day has come to be able to vent.
It's amazing how to this day, they still call a person "monkey" just because of their skin color. In the same way, they curse their mother and, finally, they wish their death. Some may indicate that conduct goes hand in hand with the passion that a sport can generate, and I don't believe that excuse. Ranting against a person with that level of hatred goes beyond being from the opposing team. They fall into a violent act that many times they do not want to attribute to words. People minimized the impact that an unnecessary comment may have on the person who receives it.
Due to these types of attacks, people have committed suicide. In the same way, they have responded violently. And what does a large part of the population do? Judge the act of the person who receives the insult. These are some of the comments that generate controversy, like the one this week with Vinicius, Jr:
“Oh, he shouldn't have reacted like that.”
“There are other ways to combat this problem.”
“If they hadn't provoked it.”
I am tired of the fact that the side that decides to compare one confrontation with another or present “the best way” to deal with these types of attacks are the ones who want to have the spotlight. Perhaps in their life, they never experienced a case of direct or indirect racism, so they cannot put themselves in their shoes. And worst of all, they don't even try. It is sad to know that this not only happens with skin color but also with women, and people from the LGBTQ+ community, depending on which country you come from, among others.
The penalty that this type of person should have would have to be at the level of physical aggression. This type of hate is ignored and given neither the attention nor the action it deserves. We are in 2023 and it is still the time that many find it difficult to live with the rest of the population. In a world as globalized as the one we are living in, where many cultures coexist in the same space, it is time to promote empathy, respect, and generosity among each other. At the end of the day, we are human, therefore gender, sexual orientation, skin color, country of origin, or anything else does not matter to give love.
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