Luis Suarez: Nigger Lover?

28 Dec

Luis Suarez has received an eight match ban for allegedly using a word similar to that of the term used in English speaking countries to (putting it mildly) cause offence to people of African and Caribbean origin.

The term in English is the word “nigger”. In Portuguese, Suarez’s language, the word used is “negrito”, which his supporters claims is not intended to be offensive.

Well, I am sorry for these people, because if it is used on the pitch in a moment of anger, then it is intended to be offensive, especially so, when directed a “black” player.

That aside, the root of the word “negrito” derives from the Spanish/ Portugues word “neger”, and the Latin root before that, which is used to describe, or refer to people of African and Caribbean origin.

The use of the word “neger” then became Anglocized into the term “negro”, and later “nigger”, but was always a term used in the pejorative, to cause offense.

That the word “negrito” may not have the same power of connotations today, is irrelevant. That Suarez, himself, knows the power of the word “nigger”, and used the word “negrito” to refer to a fellow player on the pitch in a moment of anger, is proof enough that it was intended to cause offence.

Those, such as the former England player, John Barnes, who would defend Suarez, are nothing more than apologists, who allow racism in football to continue by their refusal to rid the game of any such behaviour.

In summary, it was racist of Suarez to use this term, as he intended it to be, and there is no place for it in a modern, progressive society.

Author: Jason Schumann

Tags: Cultural Analysis, Debating Culture,Luis Suarez, Racism in Football, John Terry, British Society, Patrice Evra, Negrito, Nigger

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