Ryan Sterling, Soccer, Boston discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen


Whether it's stuff being yelled at whether it's things that they read about them and comment sections on Twitter, whatever we just don't say anything because what's the what's the benefit to an athlete of saying. I was racially abused. I mean, you make it some sympathy from from your home team fans, or from, you know, people online or whatever, but you're also just going to draw a huge amount of attention to yourself in negative way to why put yourself in the middle of that. And you're also warned down by a lifetime of this. I mean, you know, go all the way back to Jackie Robinson on what he had to endure. Obviously, the context is different. But in a lot of ways the context isn't there still racist than the stands screaming bigoted shit at athletes, and the other part of sterling's Instagram posts that was interesting was his reaction in. In the moment. And he says that as you can see by my reaction. I just had the laugh because I don't expect. No better. They're they're inured to this. And that's the saddest part of all. It's not as if black soccer players haven't been in the Premier League. They didn't just get there. It's been decades and more were before Ryan sterling young enough that before he got there. And I had this happened to him. You know, he's been a soccer fan as a kid. He's seen his heroes. Have this happen to them right now? So he was used to it before he even experienced it. Two quick things before we wrap this up. Also just back to that Jones incident. One of the more telling things there was that C Sobat thea black pitcher most recently for the Yankees said that it's it's talked about among black major leaguers, we know they're sixty two of us like you knows the exact number of black major leaguers point there sixty two of us. We all know, and he was talking about. Boston's specifically when you go to Boston, you expect it you expect to hear racial slurs. And then so there's this this community brotherhood of black, athletes, and baseball and and soccer as well. Those folks know what it's like to experience this, and it sort of similar to to the cabernet protest. We had some white players Chris long or other sue have had solidarity to two black players. You have others who are just like I haven't heard this. This hasn't happened to me. Again, just like assumption that people are lying about their experiences. Like why you would have that assumption? I I mean, I guess I do now. But it's that's pretty harmful to have that assumption. Then the final thing that I would say is. There is a good piece the center out Stephan by this guy Peter Stanton writing for goal about as a a journalist and England hearing racist chance on trains and things like that and saying nothing, and he blames himself for not stepping up or or saying anything, and then that reminded me of this and dead span that highlighted something that the writer John Zarrella said had written about racism in Boston and peace in Boston magazine. He quoted a guy who said. If you want to improve race relations, don't go around simply saying, you're not racist. And that's what's so many white, athletes coaches and media members say there's a defensiveness like the national reaction has just I'm not racist rather than saying what can I do about this? How can I speak out against this similar lay? There was a column by guy named Jonathan Luna in the independent in England. And it raised sort of those points sort of this this coming to Jesus moment for I think a lot of white writers who cover this sport and possibly other sports. But he talked about how. Yeah, you'll hear a lot about rain sterling or or the banana peel thrown at the Obama Yang..

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