Note from BW of Brazil: He’s back!!! It’s funny, in our year-ending New Year’s Eve post featuring our most viewed posts of the year, futebol superstar Neymar appeared in the countdown because of an article posted here almost three years ago. BW of Brazil doesn’t specifically focus on sports or athletes unless their story touches on some aspect of race. As such, this is the same criteria for which Neymar pops up here from time to time. Little did we know that it would be about week before the Brazilian National Team captain would grace our pages again…and once again the star shows that he may great on the field, but in issues of race, someone really needs to sit him down and have a talk…
And it’s not just BW of Brazil who can see this as you will see…
Spanish league will analyze cries against Neymar; Espanyol denies racist acts
Courtesy of ESPN.com.br with Gazeta Press
ESPN correspondent in Barcelona reveals racism on the part of Espanyol fans against Neymar
The racist abuse suffered by Neymar in the game last Saturday between Espanyol and Barcelona should not go unpunished. According to reports from the Spanish newspaper As, the Spanish League already has in its possession videos and audios where the cries against the Brazilian are noticeable, and will analyze the actions and then do something about it.
If the offenses are confirmed, a report with denouncements should be sent to the Anti-Violence Commission and Competition Committee, which have power to impose penalties on the case.
Rádio Catalunha also informed that Barcelona requested that the League include racist screams in the summary of the match, that the principle hadn’t been placed by the referee responsible for the document.
Espanyol denies racism
After watching the confrontation at the stadium, Joan Collet, president of Espanyol, fervently denied that the attacks on Neymar really happened.
Neymar was the target of racist chants
According to the representative, the conduct of the fans was positive, and the charges don’t match the truth.
“It’s a lie that there were racist chants at the stadium. I was there, like the other 30,000 people in the audience and there was nothing. It was a high-stakes game and there was no incident, no problem. The attitude of the fans was to tip your hat to. They were cheering the entire game, then, so say that there was a racist scream is a lie,” he said. “Since measures were implemented against Espanyol fans have been exemplary,” he concluded.
Neymar prefers not to rebut racist abuse in Spain: ‘I just play futebol’
Striker was discriminated against in Barcelona Classic
Courtesy of O Dia
Last Saturday, striker Neymar was the victim of racism in Spain. After the Catalão classic against Espanyol, La Sexta TV caught some fans of the rival club imitating sounds of monkeys after the Brazilian was heading to the locker room. The former Blaugrana director Toni Freixa denounced prejudice regarding number 11 on Twitter, but the striker chose not to present a firm stance on the matter.
“I didn’t hear the screams. I don’t hear things outside the field. It’s difficult for things to bother me, I just play futebol,” he said in an interview with Atresmedia after leaving the hospital in which he visited children hospitalized on Monday.
The video released by the channel also shows fairly aggressive behavior of fans with many Barca team members such as Neymar and Suarez.
Racism shakes Neymar because he doesn’t think he’s black
By Marcondes Brito
The Espanyol fans not only attacked Neymar in Staurday’s game in Barcelona. Messi (problems with the tax authorities), Piquet (insulting his wife Shakira) and Suarez (called him a cannibal) were also victims. But it was the racist insults directed at Neymar that had planetary repercussions. It was all people talked about.
Neymar kept quiet. He didn’t post anything in his social network pages (just on Twitter he has over 20 million followers), but is almost certain to have been shaken, even very upset!
It was not the first time that this has happened. In 2011, the Brazilian team faced Scotland in a friendly match in London. Neymar played very well and scored two goals, but the game was marked by an external act: the athlete was battling for the ball close to the goal line when a banana was thrown in his direction. The game was stopped, the banana withdrawn, and the person responsible identified and punished hours later.
In April 2014, after another defeat of Barcelona, the fans of the Catalão team went to the team’s training center and insulted the players, saying they “only think of the World Cup” and don’t commit themselves to the team. When they passed Neymar, the fans imitated the sound made by monkeys. The idol of the Brazilian team didn’t say anything about it, merely posting cryptic messages on Instagram: “There are times when the path is difficult.”
The truth is that the issue of racism troubles Neymar much more than we can imagine. When he was 18 and played for Santos, the star gave an interview to Estadão journalist Sonia Racy and the inevitable question came:
“Have you ever been a victim of racism?” asked Racy.
Neymar replied: “Never. Neither on nor off the field. Really because I’m not black, right?”
Neymar makes the worst decision in front of racists. He imitates Pelé. He doesn’t perceive it. His silence is an accomplice of prejudice. Neymar needs to accept that he is black. Thank God…
By Cosme Rímoli
“I didn’t hear the screams. I don’t hear things outside the field. I only play futebol.”
That was the disappointing response from Neymar before the manifestation of racism of the Spanish fans. Again he had every chance to face the ignorant. People comparing black people to monkeys. Again, he stepped back.
It was impossible not to hear the screams of the stupid thugs in Cornellà-El Prat stadium on Saturday in the tie between Español and Barcelona. The wild ones in the modern arena howled and mimicked apes when Neymar took the ball. The scene was pitiful. It was transmitted throughout the world.
The Spanish media and those who follow futebol on this planet await a firm stance from the player.
Neymar is captain of the Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian national team). He is, alongside Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, among those vying for the Bola de Ouro (Golden Ball) as the world’s best. English journalists ensure that Manchester United would be willing to pay R$850 million for him. 54.5 million fans on Facebook. Are 39.8 million followers on Instagram. Over 40.4 million on Twitter.
His representation is absurd.
About 30 people administer Neymar’s career. Who most influences him is his father. And his philosophy is simple.
“I want Neymar to worry about the ball, with futebol. He is a player, period.”
Neymar Sênior believes he is protecting his son. Avoiding that he position himself in what he calls controversial issues. Like the lawsuits that Santos and the DIS group moved against the two for Neymar Jr’s odd sale to Barcelona. It is also only he who talks about the actions in court and the Spanish tax authorities. Or the Brazilian Federal Revenue embargo of the property of the National Team’s number 10.
“Pelé contributed to racism. The guy is the athlete of the century, the most popular figure in the world and doesn’t use it to fight for just causes. (…) If he had some notion or sensitivity, he would make a revolution in this case [racism]. He has more impact than political and religious leaders.”
These were the brave words of Paulo César Caju. One of the only people to have the courage to charge Pelé on his eternal omissions with respect to racism.
“If I were to want to stop the game every time they call me macaco (monkey) or crioulo, every game would stop. The fan really screams. We have to curb racism. But it’s not in a public place that you will restrain it. Santos (team) had Dorval, Coutinho, Pelé…all black. We were insulted with everything that’s a name. There were no fights because we didn’t give it any attention. The more you talk about it, the more you have racism.”
This was the stance of Pelé. You can also pretend you didn’t hear what was coming from the stands. Of rivals. And even from teammates and from the Seleção. He was called Gasolina (gasoline) upon arriving at Santos, a reference to blacks with oil. Then ‘Alemão’ (German), as pure irony. And several world champion players called him ‘crioulo’.
Neymar follows this sad playbook of silence. He makes believe it doesn’t happen to him. In 2009 he gave a famous reply in an interview with O Estado de São Paulo.
He was still playing in Brazil. And he was asked if he had suffered from racism. “Never. Neither on nor off the field. Really because I’m not black, right?”
In the same article he was shown with hair straightened with chemicals. The player is descended from black, which should be a source of great pride. As if he were descended from Asians, German, Indians or any ethnic group. Every human being deserves respect.
The directors of Barcelona don’t prohibit nor stimulate the positioning of its athletes on the issue. Each does what he wants or has personality. Like Daniel Alves, that when he saw a banana thrown in his direction by Villarreal fans he ate it, as if it were something natural as possible. As if he weren’t playing against Villarreal, in the Barcelona jersey.
“I’ve been in Spain 11 years ago and 11 years it’s been like this. We have to laugh at this backward people. Unfortunately it is a lost war until they take more drastic measures,” he said in April 2014.
What did Neymar do? He posted a ‘força, Daniel’ (be strong, Daniel). And posted a picture with his son. He held a real banana and the child, a plastic one. It was part of #somostodosmacacos (we are all monkeys) campaign.
In March, a month before, he and Neymar had suffered racism. Fans imitated monkeys when he picked up the ball. Against who? And where? Against Espanhol in Cornellà-El Prat stadium. That is, a year later, everything was repeated. Even the striker’s silence.
In 2014, Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League and then lost to Granada in the Espanhola. The players returned to pick up their cars, when fans of the Catalunha club itself began cursing at the athletes. For Neymar, they reserved the screams, imitating monkeys. What did the Brazilian do? He remained silent.
Referee Jose Luiz González, who worked the tie 0-0 between Spanish and Barcelona, repeated the stance of several Brazilian judges. In his summary nothing unusual happened. As if it were normal for a bunch of thugs to keep imitating monkeys at a player.
Neymar is 23 years old. He is captain of the National Team. And a father. He is one of the greatest players in the world.
He is afrodescendente (of African descent), yes.
In front of any mirror comes the truth.
The color of your skin, your frizzy hair that was falling out it was so artificially treated, doesn’t let him forget. He has black ancestry.
No one expects that he be someone politicized, with brilliant discourse on all matters. Just show disgust at the racist. Following the footsteps of Pelé is pitiful.
Shut up, don’t confront these idiots, it’s no use. On the contrary. He allows them to go on freely with racism.
Daniel Alves has shown the way. Neymar disguises, dodges, pretends. He acts as if he were the criminal.
It is the captain of the Brazilian team that remains silent. Millions of blacks and their descendants are not monkeys. It would be his duty to remind these stupid ones. The player’s silence is shameful.
“What worries me is not even the cry of the corrupt, violent, rogue, without the character of unethical … What worries me is the silence of good men.”
Someone needs to introduce Martin Luther King to Neymar.
And say that he is black.
Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, the pieces above have just about covered this whole issue and what we posted on Neymar back in February 2013 clearly applies to this latest shameful display of a lack of racial consciousness. Other material posted on this blog should give a reader a pretty image of of Neymar as a ‘would be’ black man. From his blond bombshell, processed hair days, to four-act relationship with racial issues, in many ways, Neymar simply represents the way in which millions of (would be) black Brazilians have been indoctrinated to deal with issues of race by not dealing with them. The evidence of this is the way in which Junior was oriented on the issue by Senior.
Numerous personal stories on this blog provide evidence of how Brazilians of African descent are often raised to deny being black, are trained to believe that racism doesn’t exist in Brazil, go through a process of ‘becoming black’, experience family efforts to erase their blackness, learn negative connotations of blacks or witness no discussion of race at home along with a strong dosage of white adoration and one can begin to see what contributes to Neymar being Neymar on the race issue. In many ways, Neymar’s weak stance on the issue of race is not his own fault. It is the ‘Brazilian Way’ and this is the reason for which this writer no longer gets into discussions on which country is more racist between the United States and Brazil. Racism is racism, but Brazil’s racism is more effective than that of the US for the simple fact that there are many more persons of visible African ancestry that view race and racism in a way similar to Neymar.
In closing, I must disagree with the last article’s idea that Neymar needs to be introduced to the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. In a country in which people instinctively utter the phrase “we are all equal” despite the overwhelming evidence of racism and black subjugation, MLK’s message has been appropriated and is being used to solidify a mythical equality that everyone wants to believe in even as Afro-Brazilians are victimized by racism everyday or murdered in the streets at extremely alarming rates. As long as all of the institutions of power in are held and controlled by persons who consider themselves to be white, and these people continue to exclude non-whites from gaining such power, MLK’s ideology solves nothing. If you don’t believe this, perhaps we should analyze the treatment of African-Americans in MLK’s own country.
Over the past few decades, millions of Afro-Brazilians have learned the truth about race in Brazil and it has been a long, slow process through conversation, education and exposure to the right material. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, like millions of others, is simply a victim of Brazil’s sophisticated method of deception that disarms non-white people even before they can arm themselves with the pertinent information. We can only hope that Neymar one day has the desire to access this information. Until that time, we will continue to read stories such as the one featured above.