If you throw the first stone, does that prove that you are without sin?

Jesus once countered one of his tormentors with the words “Let him, who is without sin, cast the first stone”.

Such cleverness would fly high over the heads of Today’s stone-throwers.

Stone-Throwers such as the Chief Sports-Writer for The Daily Express, John Dillon.

( Or FA apologist Graham Taylor )

One can appreciate his position, from a self-serving point of view.

He writes for a Tory Newspaper, which must be seen to be distancing itself from any accusations of racism and yet there are two highly public cases of alleged racism in football.

It therefore falls to their Chief Sports writer to lead the attack.

How better, than to climb into the highest pulpit and attack not just the two accused but associate them with those mindless thugs, who are most vociferous in football stands, whether it be racist, anti-racist, or even their own team.

Best thing is that he is unassailable.

Anyone, seen to protest his words, is immediately set upon, by the  sanctimonious, as being co-racist.

I am a baby-boomer, I have lived through the times when racism was endemic. when not to be racist was almost considered unpatriotic.

This was a time, post-War, when our parent’s generation had been killing people, who were of a different race, in the most horrible ways. I’m not talking gas ovens, and death marches but Hiroshima, Hamburg, flamethrowerrs, carpet-bombing of civilians.

Men, who had attacked Mosley’s blackshirts had put on a uniform and stuck a bayonet into a stranger’s guts, simply because he wore a different uniform.

How more racist can one get?

Later, we had Windrush, when West Indians were brought over to this country to undercut wages, just as, my antecedents, the Irish had been used a generation earlier.

This time it was different. These immigrants could be identified very easily because of their skin colour.

The rule of the playground is attack those who are different and, if you are being bullied because you are smaller, fatter, bespectacled, ginger, it’s a god-send to be able to point a finger at a more obvious difference.

Lots of words are coined to denote such differences. Most used were those that we learned from the G.I’s, so when the Civil Right’s movement kicked off in The States and many of us were awakened to how bad such racism could get, we countered by first attacking those epithets, which we had learned.

The first political act was to remove the word Negro from official forms. Although my generation had been brought up to see it as simply a posh (Latin)version of the word black, it was to close to the word used in the Southern States of America, which can not, even now, be used except when referring to it as the n**** word.

Racism still persists but it is not Racism that is socially abhorrent, it is the utterance of proscribed words.

It was alright for Patrice Evra to refer to Luiz Suarez as a South American, because although the intent was racist, the words are merely an acceptable descriptive.

When Suarez addressed Evra as negrito, he may have intended a racial insult, in which case he was acting as a racist.

However, as a Liverpool supporter and therefore partisan, I prefer to believe that he was merely responding in a natural form of speech and, therefore, deserving of no more than a reproof; a sort of yellow card.

Whatever the case, it seems certain that the FA came down hard, because he was an easy target and they needed to show their muscular attitude to that which they perceived as politically incorrect.   Not to be seen to take action when there are so many strident groups making a living by attacking signs of racism, or tolerance to any trace of it would have invited censure from those, who could affect their livelihoods.

Anyway, Suarez had admitted using a word, which sounded like an offensive word to the Anti-racist careerists.

It is merely unfortunate that the word, in his language, is not offensive.

According to fellow Argentinian, Gus Poyet, “In Uruguay it is a nickname for someone whose skin is darker than the rest,”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/premiership/gus-poyet-negrito-isnt-an-offensive-term-16082510.html#ixzz1hM3DZ8Wk

No matter what the consequences for Suarez, or what the lack of consequences are for John Terry  (a native English speaker), it’s time to call a halt to this parody of anti-racism.

It’s hate-crimes, which need to be stopped, not the use of words that some choose to find offensive. Poor old Alan Hansen is even being pilloried for the term “coloured”, which for a while was the word, we were all being told we must use, instead of “negro” or “black”.

OK! people with an obvious trace of native African genes (Suarez has them but it’s not so obvious) are not Green skinned, so shouldn’t be called coloured.

I get it.

Neither are they black.

President Obama has skin tones, for which we use the French term Cafe au lait, but so have many Mediterranean peoples. President Obama can, according to the American usage, refer to himself as African-American.

What should we call Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, or Paul McGrath?

These are men, who must have suffered racial abuse but possibly to differing extents.

Paul McGrath seems to speak as someone, who has been badly scarred by his experiences.

Glen Johnson’s reaction, to Paul McGrath’s words, seems to indicate that he is more concerned about intent rather than superficial harm.

I would like to see a more grown-up approach to such matters, by people with the power to affect change.

I am used to the jibes about Scousers, I don’t like them but I understand the playground mentality of many of Today’s politicians and other comedians.

I understand why a joke abot the recent riots, focussed on Liverpool, rather than London, where it started and where it involved greater damage to people and property.

I understand why Graham Taylor might have been upset about a National Newspaper blighting his life with the nickname “turniphead”.

I understand why Frankie Boyle focusses on named individuals for his jokes, rather groups of people (can’t be an “-ist”, if you don’t refer to a group of people).

I understand why Reginald D. Hunter finds jibes at Ginger haired people to be faintly ridiculous.

You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover.

You can’t change the content of Mein Kampf by putting a pretty floral dust cover on it. Judge the character of a man, not his bad choice of words.

Hammering Luis Suarez, as the perfectly nice, respectable men of the FA have done, won’t change the attitude of a BNP supporter.

In fact given the circumstances of this particular case, it is more likely to add fuel to BNP hate-raising.

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