I barely pay attention to sport so I won’t make any big comments on racism in sport but this recent moment when Kevin-Prince Boateng of the Italian soccer club, A. C. Milan grew so tired of the racist taunts from some of the opposition club’s fans that he stopped the game and kicked the ball into their stands and then walked off the field in protest is wonderful. It’s particularly wonderful because what happens next is the opposition’s fans actually cheer him for his protest, and then the referees call off the match and all the players walk out with Boateng in solidarity.
It boggles my mind that players have to put up with racism during their games and that all sorts of sports have been so apathetic about stopping racial vilification. Here is another wonderful protest moment against racism in sport. The iconic photo was taken in 1993. Australian Aboriginal footballer, Nicky Winmar (of the Noongar people), lifted up his shirt at the conclusion of a game his team had just won and pointed at his skin while facing the opposing team’s cheer squad who had spent the game yelling racist abuse at him.