Why Are These Fans Showing Up to World Cup Matches in Blackface?

“Racial attitudes, historian Barbara Fields wrote in a classic essay, are ‘promiscuous critters that do not mind cohabiting with their opposites.’ If I were FIFA, I’d consider hang that from a banner in the World Cup stadiums to provide a little inspiration for self-reflection among certain fans. It might ultimately do more good than the more satisfyingly pedantic ‘Say No to Racism,’ which is of course an unimpeachable as a command but has the disadvantage that it requires the people at whom it is directed to understand what racism is. But to interpret, understand, and confront racism in sport is to enter into a labyrinth of contradictions. And it forces us study the denials and tactics of deflection and self-exoneration on the part of fans and institutions alike.” New Republic

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