How Soccer Expalins the World: Spanish Insensitivity

Category: , By Christian
Mmmmmm. Insensitivity is putting it too lightly. Much was made last week when Spain's national basketball team appeared in a racist print ad last week where they all made slanted eyes. Not good. Shock was expressed that the Spanish could do something so dumb and racist. While I found the behavior to be disgusting and inexcusable, I wasn't all that shocked.

Over the past couple of years, I have watched a lot of Spanish soccer. If there is one thing I have learned, it's that the Spanish have little sense when it comes to showing respect to people of other races. This is especially trues when it pertains to sports.

Over a two year period, Barcelona striker Samuel Eto has had to endure numerous racial attacks from Spanish fans. Shoot, a couple of years ago Spain's coach was caught on tape making disparaging racial comments about French (and eventual Barcelona) stiker Thierry Henry.

So the Spanish ad is despicable. It's inexcusable. It's completely out of line and offensive. Unfortunately, it also isn't all that surprising.

Fair Dinkum

1 comment so far.

  1. adam paul 11:28 PM
    i think jason kidd's take on it is pretty legit too. imagine the debacle it would be if the americans had done it instead of the spaniards...

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