By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Outspoken Ghanaian international, Kelvin-Prince Boateng opines that not much is done to curb the tide of racism few days after many have protested across the world, following the killing of African American, George Floyd by a White American policeman.
The utility player was a subject of racism while playing for AC Milian in 2013 and had walked off the pitch. He has since then been a vocal and strong voice against racial discrimination.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the Besiktas midfielder stated that there was more to be done than putting out pictures and using hashtags on social media in the fight against the barbaric act.
”Of course not. We have to talk, we have to be louder. We have to use [social media], today it is the biggest platform. People might say I only have 100 followers, well maybe you can influence 50 of them. Even showing you as a white person are with us, that gives us so much power. We believe you are with us so we can go forward with a bigger chest.” The two-time Ghanian world cup player said.
”No one is doing enough. #BlackOutTuesday is not enough, it’s too easy. Because people are scared to stand for something, to say something because of sponsors or large followings. A black picture is way too easy.”
”It’s a beautiful message but I’m mad because people have it so easy. If you ever point a finger at them they’ll say ‘but I posted that picture’. [The picture alone] does not mean anything to me.” said the 33-year-old player.
Boateng spoke about the forms of racism he faced while on the pitch. This is aside how people look at him and how the police stop him for no reason while driving.
”Monkey [gestures], for every goal you score you get a banana. We’ll put you in a box and send you back to your country. The ‘n word’ has been used a lot of times. [They throw water and say] maybe we can wash off the dirt.”
While the player appreciates gestures by players and clubs taking a knee or showing some form of solidarity, he suggests more needs to be done.
The 2013 FIFA anti racism ambassador says racism should be taught in school, black players should make George Floyd’s birthday work
free day, big personalities should use their influence to join in the fight, amongst other tougher measures.
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