Saturday, June 27, 2020

Disingenuous claims about racist ideas and behaviors

People often argue that ideas and behaviors are not racist and that anti-racists see everything in racial terms. One common version of this in Switzerland involves the name of a confection, "Mohrenkopf" ("Moor's head"). In the wake of the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, criticism of the name has been followed by insistence that the term is not racist. But on Thursday, Aiyegun Tosin, a Nigerian striker with FC Zurich, was called "scheiss Mohrenkopf" by the opposing team's fans. Once again, then, insistence that an expression is "not racist" is disingenuous. And of course, those defending this term have already come up with further specious arguments that it is not racist. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 27 June)

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