Thursday, February 26, 2015

Since when was being pushed off a train cause for worldwide outrage?

Here we go. The racially charged fun just never ends.
Earlier last week, fans of the English Premier League soccer team Chelsea FC went to Paris to watch their team take on a continental rival, Paris Saint-Germain. After the game, a group of seven Chelsea fans, whom the French authorities have since identified, pushed a black man named Souleymane S. off the Metro (subway) train and prevented him from boarding. They were chanting "We're racist and that's the way we like it."
No-one's arguing that this isn't despicable behavior, that it's completely unacceptable and that these fans shouldn't be banned forever by Chelsea. If they want to act stupid like that, then it's entirely in line that they should never be able to attend another one of their beloved team's games.
Yet, here's the thing: The whole of Paris, the whole of France, the whole of Britain, the whole of the world has got Souleymane S.'s back as if he had gotten a water cannon turned on him.  French President Francois Hollande has spoken with the man while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has invited him to the second match between the two teams at their Stamford Bridge home turf.
Is it just me, or is everyone over-reacting? The man ran into a group of assholes. End of. It could have been any PSG fan. Do you honestly think that if a white fan of the French side had got shoved off the train, it would have made the news? Do you think that it would have made the media rounds if these Chelsea fans had pushed a white Frenchman off the train, hurling "froggy" and "cheese-eating surrender monkey" at him and proudly claiming racism for their actions?
The answer: It might have made the news in France. It would not have come close to being mentioned in the British or American papers. In America, no-one knows where France is anyway. It may as well be on the Moon as far as most Americans' grasp of geography is concerned. But I digress ...
Firstly, the fact of the matter is that Chelsea has a reputation for insensitivity. They have been known for their anti-Semitic chants whenever they play Tottenham Hotspur, a team whose fans have maintained a Jewish identity (even if many of them are not Jewish).
Secondly, black people hurl other black people off subway trains all the time. At least in New York City they do. I've seen YouTube videos.
I don't blame Mr. S. for being annoyed and frustrated. However, I don't think he deserves to be a cause célèbre. This is not exactly Dreyfus Affair redux. In the minds of our Leftie-dominated society and culture, what happened to Souleymane S. was a far worse humiliation—he was a victim, you see. Dreyfus only had Émile Zola on his side. This guy has got the entire denizens of hashtag universe, souls who think we ought to constantly be on our hands and knees in front of anyone who isn't Caucasian. Do we now have a duty to mollycoddle this person for the rest of his life?
Souleymane S. has spoken of his horror at the incident and that he cannot bring himself to take the Metro anymore. My advice to Mssr. S.? Grow a pair. You got bullied. It happens. A lot of other people have had the unfortunate experience of running into types like those fans. They hate every single thing that isn't exactly like them, including other white people. You're not alone. They were chanting about being racist to further annoy you. Stop being a crybaby, and stop milking your experience, and get on with your life.
I do have to wonder though: Obama could not be bothered with attending the biggest rally in Paris's history in favor of people's rights to free speech, thought and expression. Maybe this will finally get him out to Paris?

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