This past weekend saw Scottish football hark back to a time where football fans dehumanised ethnic minorities. Saturday’s clash between Celtic FC and Rangers FC sadly saw a football fan allegedly make a monkey gesture at Celtic winger Scott Sinclair. One can think back to a time where Mark Walters was the object of race-based hate when football fans threw banana’s at him.
This is the second week in a row that Sinclair had to endure racist abuse. The previous incident involved Scott Sinclair’s partner Helen Flanagan receiving online abuse for being with a ‘black man’.
The 28 year old perpetrator is set to appear in Glasgow Sheriff Court today and has been detained under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.
Saturday’s incident appears to indicate that as a society we are regressing or people are just becoming braver and more willing to exhibit such overtly racist attitudes that are divisive and damaging.
Data captured by the Red Car team over the last year indicates that there has been a 19% increase of racist incidents in Scotland’s schools – does Saturday’s incident just highlight what it happening throughout Scottish communities?
Following Saturday’s incident, a Scottish mother took her child to the zoo and took a photo of her child next to a collage of apes and gorilla’s and then captioned it on twitter:
Just bumped in to Scott Sinclair at Edinburgh zoo
Such behaviour is absolutely disgusting and has no place in a progressive Scotland. Racist attitudes are supported by misinformation, therefore education and the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about these issues is needed now more than ever.
Finally, while there are a minority of Scottish people who are spreading divisive and damaging messages, Show Racism the Red Card needs to highlight that there were hundreds of people in Scotland from all ethnic backgrounds reporting the past weekends incidents and standing in solidarity with us to send a clear message that there is no place for racism in Scotland. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can create a Scotland for All, free from prejudice and discrimination.