Pizza Hut | A slice of racism

7 12 2010

Anton Robinson, Liam Feeney, Marvin Bartley, Mitchell Nelson, who are black, and Shaun Cooper, who is white refused to pay for their meal due to perceived racial discrimination.  I wasn’t at the scene of this alleged racially motivated hate crime that if proved, should have its own memorial plaque at the Holocaust Museum due to the horrors it has invoked.  What I do know though is that experience shapes our perceptions.

Take for instance the manager and staff who asked the group to pay up front.  Perhaps the last few times a feast and flee has occurred, it involved members from a certain ethnic background, and just perhaps, one or more in the group looked rather too similar to previous rip-off merchants?

Then let’s look at the mentality of these professional players who happen to be black.  With the FA mickey-mouse campaign Love Football, Hate Racism and the Government-approved message that racism is everywhere and is worse than murder, it is understandable that certain minorities regard any slight as a racial assault.

The manager at Pizza Hut confirms that the staff do have a policy of asking ‘certain’ individuals to pay before feasting, thus there is some sort of discrimination at play.  Yet considering what passes for fashion to footballers, I’m wondering if it has more to do with these player’s dress sense than skin tone.

Now I may be wide of the mark and these lads are all dressed to the nines in the latest threads from Milan, yet just a quick glance at some of our footballer’s fashion attire will confirm that many look like rudebouys, eg:  like the hood rats that sell crack and mug old ladies that seem to infest our news of late.

Many thanks go to my favourite (sic) spitting player El Hadji Diouf for illustrating my point.

At the end of the day, there could be a thousand different reasons for this ‘offence’ to have been caused.  The staff member might not have been a footie fan.  Group may have come in with an ‘attitude’.  Or just simply, didn’t like the look of ’em.

Of course, none of the above can be proved beyond reasonable doubt.  Not even the claim of racial discrimination.  I mean, there are so many more logical reasons to discriminate against someone other than their shade.

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