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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Is John Terry a sacrificial lamb for anti-racists?

Watch out! The New Puritans - in our Republic of Virtue - are about! The English vice police, Saudi-Arabia/Iran-style, are policing our words and even our thoughts. The new super-crime is, of course, racism - which trumped sexism ages ago.

John Terry has become the first person to be stripped of his captaincy on two occasions. FA bosses have said that it would be impossible for Terry to lead England while under Big-Brother scrutiny for racism - the crime par excellence of the 21st century.

Not surprisingly, Terry has said that he is ‘furious’ at the decision to hang, draw and quarter him in public. Even Fabio Capello, the England boss, has said that he should be free to select Terry as captain until the trial is over. In other words, Capello believes that Terry is innocent until proven guilty. And so do the majority of other people in this country. Isn’t proof of guilt at the heart of our justice system? It seems not when the super-sin of racism, even if only of suspected racism, is at issue.

All this is not to say that racism is a good thing; or that Terry should get away with what he did - if he said what Anton Ferdinand accused him of saying. I suppose this is Ferdinand’s word against John Terry’s. Problem is, in our politically-correct society it is imperative that the victim - especially if black or Asian (or Muslim) - is believed or given the benefit of the doubt.

Just recently (on here) I noted the case of a Romanian Big Issue seller who claimed racism towards him from another English (white) Big Issue seller in a dispute about whose ‘patch’ it was. This too was a case of one person’s word against another person’s. In this instance, as I said, it seems to have been imperative that the Romanian was to believed and the Englishman deemed to be, effectively, a liar. And in the John Terry case, he too has effectively been deemed to be a liar.

In any case, there is something deeply undignified and ritualistic about these witch-hunts against all things (deemed) racist (or all things deemed ‘Islamophobic’). It’s not always a case of the simple uncovering of racism. It is often a case that the ceaseless battle against racism is seen to be done in a very public - and media-savvy - way. Heads must roll, and be seen to roll, at the end of the day. This has been the case with John Terry

Until the John Terry trial has begun, we must accept, prima facie, Terry’s categorical denial of racist abuse. Indeed Terry has said that he had simply repeated back a phrase of abuse he believed Anton Ferdinand had accused him of using. In other words, Terry seems to be implying, or stating, that this was a case of entrapment on Ferdinand’s part.

The thing is. I don’t know if this is true. You don’t know if this true. The FA chiefs don’t know if this is true. And that’s the point.

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