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As black players, we need to stick together and make sure we do not put up with being racially abused. Furthermore, being told to get on with it or shake hands is an absolute kick in the teeth to the men and women that have made the sacrifice for us.

Black players have been made to conform, to overlook things that if said or heard in a different environment would warrant a different reaction.

The things that are said on a daily basis among team-mates are passed off as “banter”, but this “banter” can be offensive. If this “banter” occurred in any other line of work, the culprit would be disciplined immediately.

David James, the former England goalkeeper who played his club football for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, recently stated that racism has been all but eradicated.

As one of the most famous black players over the last two decades, he should really think more before he offers an opinion so far from the truth. He needs to take his head out of the sand and realise what is going on around him.

But there are some Muslims who, repelled by the Democrats’ positions on social issues, are voting Romney.
Umar Ahmad Ghuman is a Pennsylvania voter and dual citizen who served as a minister of investment in Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s government.

He’s always voted Republican, but this election cycle Ghuman was inspired to launch an organisation called Muslims for Romney after he discovered the public school his eighth-grade son attended had given a writing assignment on a lesbian couple who had spoken there.

Muslims for Romney, he says, aims to show both Republicans and Muslims “how similar our values are”, and to encourage Muslim voters “to wake up and fight against abortion and gay rights”. Decrying what he describes as the “unholy, unnatural alliance” between Muslim voters and Democrats, he urges Muslims to pay more attention to social issues within the US.

After nearly 50 years of applying anti-discrimination laws, American workplaces are still dominated by white men. Men of color and all women have more access to some jobs than they used to, but the ranks of decisionmakers come nowhere close to reflecting our numbers in the nation as a whole. This is the root of the “tokenism” complaint that I hear constantly as I travel the country. Tokenism means that you can come to the meeting, but no one will pay any attention to what you say. It means that the workplace will open the door to you, as long as you look (to the extent possible) and act just like the white men who are already there. It means that you’ll get invited to the party, but you won’t be allowed to make any requests of the DJ or help set the playlist.

I’ve seen dozens of “diverse” workplaces in which all the people of color are in the manual jobs and all the women are doing clerical work. All work has dignity and value, but no one should be stuck in a position they’ve outgrown because employers segregate their workers by race and gender. In the high end of the restaurant industry, for example, I’ve heard a never-ending round of stories from men of color (because women still can’t get a foot in that door) about working as a busser for years, knowing every item on the menu, and never being able to get one of the front-of-the-house jobs because they don’t fit the profile of a high-end waiter.

I feel like all white people have to see the film just because I’ve never seen a movie in which most of the white characters in the movie were just working. It was fucking great. It was almost comical. There was a scene during the wedding reception, and there are, like, eight white people just carrying stuff. The main white character with some dialogue was the ditzy, stupid assistant. I enjoyed it so much because you never see that. But that’s something that I think white people don’t notice. They don’t notice that the fourth character is black and that’s what it always is. It’s always happening. It’s just the assumption that, “Well, that’s just a representation of life.”

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