In recent days I’ve grown to dread reading the news. As if the pandemic gloom wasn’t enough, we now have the displeasure of far right hordes and organised football hooligans.
‘Organised hooligans’, that’s a contradiction. I’ll never forget the trail of buses carrying Old Firm fans to Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
As a kid, I loathed football and still do, but I always knew which team had lost.
As losing fans rolled past and spotted an Asian, they would always bang on the windows to share their racist vernacular.
Now, they claim to be united and organised. Old rivalries put aside to face a common foe – the threat of Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
They come here, take our jobs, steal our women, attack our monuments
Cue fascist human barriers and running battles around the country. In London swastika-wearing Neo Nazis protect the monument of Churchill, the leader whom helped to defeat fascism.
However, they can’t be blamed because, unlike World War II, they didn’t start it.
Last week, Black Lives Matters protesters in Bristol pulled down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston. A justified act perhaps, but criminal.
No surprise that the far right came out in force.
How do we move on when racism is a fabric of society?
Peaceful protests hijacked by violence and vandalism are all distractions from the real issue at hand. In 2020, an unarmed black man died at the hands of police.
George Floyd was one victim, there are countless more. We’re told that it’s just a racist minority, yet these small groups are allowed to form political organisations thanks to freedom of speech.
The pandemic, far from being a unifying event, has served to amplify societal differences. UK reports suggest Black & Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups have a higher risk of dying of Covid-19, with racism being cited as a barrier to seeking medical help.
The can of worms is open. The contents must be dealt with.