German soccer team combats racism by turning everyone black in team photo

german-team-combats-racism-by-turning-everyone-black-in-team-photo-body-image-1459451975.jpgA soccer team in Germany turned all its players into black on the official photo of the club, and posted it on its own Facebook account.

Deinster SV had good intentions; the gesture was meant to show support for two of their own players, Sudanese refugees, who were racially harassed at a local Easter celebration in their town. One of them, Emad Babiker, was then later « pushed to the ground and beaten » in the altercation.

The caption on the post reads « Violence against refugees is pathetic. Emad and Amar, you are one of us just like everyone else and we’re happy you are with us. » The team’s coach, Soenke Kreibich, supported photoshopping the team picture, saying « It should make it clear that Emad and Amar are an inherent part of our team, and not a minority on whom you can use violence to let off your personal frustration. »

It’s remarkable that this idea passed through an entire sports organization and made it out into the world.

Source: VICE Sports


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