Ja, ja, ich bin der Bösewicht. Eigentlich wollte ich dem Typ, an dem ich dranhänge, in dieser Saison keinen Ärger machen. Jetzt ist es aber passiert. Sorry. Ich bin aber guter Dinge, dass ich in ein paar Tagen wieder tadellos meinen Dienst im Capitano verrichten kann. Seid mir also nicht zu böse. Viele Grüße, Sebastians Knie (das rechte).
I’d like to correct this:
“God, send us someone to cure AIDS, cancer, etc., etc.”
“I did, but you gave them a substandard education because they lived in an area with poor funding due to low property taxes. I did, but you let them die because they couldn’t afford healthcare. I did, but due to racism you stomped out their potential and didn’t give them the same opportunities. I did, but you make a college education too unaffordable while giving the big bankers passes. I did, but you saw a homeless youth before you saw a kid with potential. I did, but you kicked the downtrodden while they were already shoulder deep in sinking sand.”
We’re All United. Join us in The Fight Against Racism.
As our society seems to search for progress, the number of cases of racism in the beautiful game are not fading away. The AFR Team is delighted to be supporting Soccer Without Limits this weekend as they raise awareness of racism in football and help eradicate it once and for all.
We’re working with Street Football World to help spread the word and support their over 100 non-profit organizations in 60 countries around the world.
We’re helping Soccer Without Limits host an event in Miami that will see some of the world’s biggest stars come together to help raise awareness for the Fight Against Racism. A Brazilian Footvolley tournament will take place on the beach pitting some of football’s most talented personalities against one another. Our goal is not only to bring awareness to the issue, but also to help eliminate it completely. With your support, we can make a difference, calling for unprecedented sanctions against racist fans and encouraging individuals to let them know that they’re not along. As Jerome Boateng told me this morning, “Enough is enough.”
I’m in. Are you?
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The World Cup and the world’s protest in Brazil
“Everything in Brazil is a mess. There is no education, health care — no security. The government doesn’t care. We’re a rich country with a lot of potential but the money doesn’t go to those who need it most.” - 26 year old Brazilian photographer Manoela Chiabai, speaking to the AP.
The pre-match pleasantries exchanged before each Confederations Cup match belie a dark reality: the people of Brazil are boiling over, and soccer fans and social media mavens worldwide are facilitating their distress.
Over $13 billion has been spent by the Brazilian government on stadium infrastructure and investments related to the World Cup; $13 billion in a country where the income of the average Brazilian hovers around $400 per month. Add in the destruction of historic favelas to make way for a safer Brazil, a dubious stadium bid process and misused government grants, and you have a World Cup more accurately defined by corruption, gentrification and a suppression of the real issues plaguing Brazil, than any sort of sporting spirit.
Brazilian scholar Fabio Malini told the New York Times that “The largest protests are happening in cities which will host World Cup games. Brazilians are mixing soccer and politics in a way that is new, and minority voices are making themselves heard.”
Of course, this isn’t to say that the nearing World Cup is at the root of the ongoing social and political concerns which have led to friction amongst the Brazilian population. Inflation and unemployment are high, the disparity between social classes is expanding, and the poor are bearing the brunt of a new-found focus on globalization and international image; the World Cup is just a spark to long-brewing frustrations. People are suffering, and nothing could seem further from resolving their ills than oppressive concrete stadiums and soon-to-be abandoned hotels.
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