Friday, 2 June 2017

Playing The Race Card Too Often

If there is one thing guaranteed to raise the hackles of non-black people, it’s whenever a brown or black person raises the 'race card', at any setback in their lives. It always signifies the appearance of their hands out asking for something, and that other people will have to pay that something to stop the bleating.

So whenever the odd black person gets sacked from work (and that happens far more rarely than it might be appropriate), its often not the legitimate reasons given by employers that's accepted. Such as maybe if the employer is citing their laziness, criminality, inability to do the job, or poor attitude to authority that’s a problem (just as it would be for many others including white people), it’s often claimed by them that's its in fact purely because of the colour of their skin, rather than any failings on their part that they are being sacked.

Playing The Race Card Is Now A Well Practised Tactic ...

Any other sacked person normally has to fight a case for unfair dismissal on the merits of the issues, but can't simply say 'its because I am white', and expect a pay out of several thousand pounds from a liberal leftie tribunal. The tribunals often appear to be more frightened that they also will be tarred as racists if they don’t find in the black complainants favour rather than the merits of the case presented, which  are almost irrelevant.

Take for example, anti-racism campaigner Mr Troy Townsend, the father of black footballer Andros Townsend, and education and development manager at the 'Kick It Out' campaign group. Apparently he thinks that the reason why there are not more ethnic football coaches, aka black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) persons, is because of institutional racism (a catch all PC term if ever there was one), in football. So when two BME managers, Chris Powell and Chris Ramsey happened to both get sacked in the same week, he asked "To lose both managers sends out a really strong message to those aspiring to get on this journey. People will look and think 'Is it worth it? Is it because of the colour of their skin? Or is it because they are bad managers?' I know people will say results are not right, but there is a lot more to it than that."

'a lot more to it than that' .... like what? Oh, meaning that it was because they were black. However there is one obvious fact he seems to have missed. The same club owners or football boards appointed them in the first place, and so the colour of their skins were not a factor (or maybe even a positive factor), when they were appointed to get results from a football team. Ironically the QPR director of football who sacked Ramsey, Les Ferdinand, is a BME himself, and said that that replacing Ramsey was simply in the "best interests of the club".

Of course the other factor in this which Mr Townsend conveniently ignores is that for every sacked BME manager, four non BME managers get the sack during a season .... but they can only claim its due to poor results or a change of direction by the club, but not that "there is a lot more to it than that." i.e. not because they are not black

Chris Hughton (Brighton), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Burton Albion), Keith Curle (Carlisle), and Ricardo Moniz (Notts County), are now the only managers from BME backgrounds in the Football League, but other BME's in even lower leagues have disagreed with Mr Townsend's 'analysis' ... Brackley Town coach Frank Sinclair said ' ... results determine how long you are in the job full stop not colour.'

Just for the record, in the season ending May 2015, the number of managerial sackings in the top four divisions reached its highest level in 13 years according to the League Managers' Association (LMA). The figures showed that 47 bosses were dismissed in that campaign, not counting any sacked in the summer after the figures were compiled. This was the second highest level since the Premier League began 21 seasons ago and included a record 20 Championship managers who were sacked that season with 150 coaches also losing their jobs overall.

That's life for a football manger or coach.

You live or die by performances on the field and not the colour of your skin. As in all occupations, if they appointed you in the first place, then obviously colour was not a factor (hidden or otherwise), so when you lose the job, it’s not a factor either, it’s the content of their character and results by which they are judged, not by the colour of their skin.


  1. Some race tart from the FA has resigned because black people are not being given top coaching jobs because they are black.

    Can they do nothing based on ability? Do they have to always have special rules for everything they do?

    1. Standing on your own two feet and accepting that you only rise or fall by your own abilities is difficult to accept for some people or groups.


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