14 Billion lavishly spent, 180,000 evacuated, houses demolished without any compensation to owners for building stadiums, scores of protesters killed, thousands of children forced into prostitution and policia running street cleaning operation; all of this to entertain the world by organizing the costliest ever FIFA world cup.
While millions of Brazilians hit the roads to show discontent, while the Airport and subway works organize strike to protest against this capitalist show; Television media ignores the massive unrest in this soccer obsessed nation and portrays the World Cup as some peaceful exotic event strengthening cultural synthesis that encourages game spirit and meanwhile cops are cleaning the streets by shooting homeless.
Emma Goldman was right while stating “People at large are like children whose despair, sorrow and tears can be converted into joy by a simple toy” Here the toy is the murderous football and we like morons are cheering for 22 millionaires kicking a ball across the pitch while poor are being deprived of their rights.
Isn’t government’s hostility towards its own citizen and generosity towards FIFA and tourists proof of proletariat having no nation?
Well its true that racists are everywhere and in every culture and race but one simply can’t expect races that has suffering bitter violent racism at the hands of a particular race simply forget the 400 year of brutal colonial and racial oppression and move on. I accept that what happened hundreds of years ago has nothing to do with current generation but at the end of the day we are all humans and humans don’t live by reason and rationality and to some wounds still linger. Its said foes die but feuds live far longer.
But no one can deny that 400 years of colonization did has direct impact on modern world. Racism, fanaticism and most importantly Economic disparity are some of the major results. Just like the blacks of SA were denied land and economic reforms even after the end of apartheid by saying ‘we won’t follow policy of vengeance against the whites’. And hence most of them yet live in poverty as they lived before 1994 and no wonder y a third of S African free borns boycotted the 2014 general assembly election held to mark 20 yrs of S African democracy
The problem lies in Economic classes. Class knows no Caste or race. People living peacefully in imperialist nations will always find such statements vague, worthless or ever ridiculous as they live in an economy watered by the blood of colonial slaves. Hence their proletariat classes already enjoy the status of petty bourgeois. They don’t don’t need to worry about racism or fascism or Nazism as slaves are labouring in Latin america, Asia and Africa for their prosperity.