Everybody had been discussing the Euros 2012 with great excitement and joy, however behind the scenes UEFA were facing the rather distressing and unfortunate probable problem of which was likely to commence- racism.
I seem to be asking myself why is this still a problem? In a world where to me, soceity is equal, where I have friends of many different races, even family. I had hoped that Martin Luther King’s dream had been fulfilled, that the nation had finally seen sence, but unfortunatley it seems not to be the case in certain areas of the world.
People are being singled out, currently the footballers on the pitch playing in the euros, being faced with appalling ‘monkey chants’, which seem likely to carry on and shamefully progress. I find it strange, especially considering the co-host country of Poland had already experienced such a strong divide between their people for being ‘different,’ that at one point millions were scared for their lives for being ‘different.’
That ‘difference’ lead to one of many concentration camps being built, one being Auchwitz, in Krakow, Poland; a place where i was lucky enough to visit in February of last year. It was isolated, silent and distressing, it was -18 degrees when i visited Auchwitz where millions had been murdered. I saw childrens shoes, gas chambers, a photograph of many of the helpless, their family photographs, places of torture and so much more. It’s hard to believe that a country, whom went through so much pain and discrimination could show the slightest bit of disrespect or racism to another individual.
Racism is an overwhelming subject in comparison to euro2012. This is why the euro’s are in the shadows, diversley being blocked out by something so horrible, rather than the usual shining sun. Nobody can change one’s inner-self, however we can change the future. People can make it stop. Whether you be short, tall, slim, fat, black, white, asian or what ever- we are all human beings- we are all equal.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
Maby one day we can all unite and make Martin Luther King’s dream come true, and by doing so, make this dream come true for others like me and you and everybody else around the world. However for now, all we can do is hope.