I have nothing against…

In case you miss this letter in today’s Times…

Rowdy Football Matches – Emmanuel Vella, Msida.
Will somebody who is responsible far the two football pitches in the University sports complex make sure that whoever is using them does so in a well behaved and educated manner so the neighbourhood will not be disturbed with all the rowdiness, shouting and arguing? I have nothing against black people, I have nothing against irregular immigrants. But I want to live in peace!

Somehow it reminds me of Bobby Kennedy’s quote: “But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?

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3 responses to “I have nothing against…

  1. Claire Bonello

    I am presuming that the people who use the pitches are in fact immigrants or non-whites. In which case the letter-writers comment, though rather clumsily expressed, is not racist but more of a “shut the fuck up when I’m trying to sleep” sort of thing which is totally justified. If he’s simply assuming that the rowdiness is caused by immigrants and has no proof of it, then he’s wrong.

  2. In any case all the immigrant business is superfluous. The issue is that they are making noise. Their colour or origin has nothing to do with it.

  3. Exactly, it’s like adding, I have nothing against men, people who wear shorts, people with hairy legs, people who eat pizza etc.

    Adding these types of disclaimers implies that being a man, wearing shorts, having hairy legs, or eating pizza have something to do with the noise they make. Ridiculous innit?

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