American Player: European Soccer Is Racismtastic

Here in 21st century America, racism is derided, and deservedly so. There are so many reasons to hate any given person that choosing the color of their skin reveals you to be of weak mind and character. But in Europe, things are different, just because there’s so much to it than “white.” There, everybody hates every other country’s people, and should said country border yours, it counts triple. Go on, ask the French about the Spanish sometime. Or Germans about the Polish. You’ll see.

Oguchi Onyewu
(Wait, the guy on the right is the one who’s getting taunted for his appearance? Have we gone mad, gentlemen?)

Unfortunately, though “white” isn’t just “white” in Europe, “black” is still “black,” and God help a man if he’s of primarily African descent (rather than, say, a third- or fourth-generation countryman who’s black). American Oguchi Onyewu, playing the Belgian club Standard Liege, found that out the hard way this season, enduring taunts of “dirty monkey” during a recent title match. Rather than let the slurs go, however, he’s taking the fight back to his alleged slurcaster, filing a lawsuit in Brussels.

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