March 22nd, 2013

Kevin-Prince Boateng against racism

Yesterday, 21.3.2013, Boateng addressed the United Nations in Genf with an incredible speech against racism.
(I highlighted the most important lines)

‘Madame Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, esteemed colleagues and experts, ladies and gentlemen.

‘What we have just seen on video occurred on January 3 at Busto Arsizio in a friendly match between my club Milan and a Fourth Division side.

‘I decided to stop the game and kick the ball into the stands as I felt profoundly angry and offended by the racist insults directed at me from the stands.

‘That gesture alone would not have had any particular resonance. My team-mates, however, immediately followed me off the pitch without a moment’s hesitation.

‘The fact the entire team had taken such an equivocal step against racism made news headlines the world over. That’s why I’m here today. It’s an honour for me to have the chance to speak here today.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the year 2013 and racism is still amongst us and is still a problem.

‘It’s not simply an argument for the History Channel or something that belongs to the past or something that only happens in other countries.

‘Racism is real, it exists here and now. You can find it on the streets, in your office and in football stadiums.

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