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Game as Conflict – The Racial Politics of Football

Betting on the NBA isn’t over quite yet. July 1st marks the start of the free agency so let’s have a looks at some betting odds released on where some NBA stars will play next season. This year’s list is littered with perennial NBA All-Stars, including Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer. However, it doesn’t have a genius to find out that the crown jewel of this year’s free agency class is non other then LeBron James.

Let’s face it, athletes of LeBron’s stature earn more money in endorsements chances are they do using their salaries. That’s where the New York Knicks enter the race. Having been maneuvering their roster and salary cap for a few years now, the Knicks franchise thinks they’ve what it takes to create King James to the Big Apple. Planning to New York wouldn’t be advantageous to James’ immediate title hopes. Beyond power forward David Lee, the talent on the Knicks roster is pretty ordinary.

The Nets have a fresh Russian playboy owner Mikhail Prokhorov, a new head coach in the likeable Avery Johnson, but the same kind of roster that can only muster up 12 wins last season. To incorporate insult to injury, the Nets are drafting third in Thursday’s NBA Draft despite getting the NBA’s worst record. They do involve some good young pieces in Brook Lopez and Devin Harris, but even with James, they would have a very difficult time making the playoffs – can’t see LeBron being too stoked up about that. However, with the Nets moving to Brooklyn eventually, James would have the ability to cash-in on all off that New York marketing money touched on earlier.

The 2006 Football World Cup provides a timely opportunity to consider the wider social and political implications of sport generally and football particularly, with particular mention of the the racial dimension to sporting competition. Now needless to say, Dr Frances Cress-Welsing in her much acclaimed book, ‘The Isis Papers’ (1991), provided an in-depth psychological analysis of the racial/sexual symbolism of a number of sports. Similarly, Abdullah Nazir Uhuru in his excellent book ‘Killing “Me” $oftly’ (2005), has an insightful analysis of football, drawing upon Cress-Welsing’s work. Desire to of this essay is to construct upon these works and also to assist Afrikans to recognize that, life is politics and everything in life is political, therefore sport features a politicised and racialised dimension to it, exactly like all other designs of people activity.

According to this definition; Caucasians have been waging a racial war against Afrikans for over three thousand years (and we ought to not forget their cousins the Arabs). This war manifests itself in different ways, including the physical war is not only confined to overt physical violence but also includes acts designed to directly attack the physical health of Afrikans e.g. the utilization of medicines banned from used in ‘the West’ in Afrika, the entire HIV/AIDS scenario and the deliberate and concerted attempts to lessen Afrikan fertility worldwide, which it forms a component, being samples of European aggression.

One of the main tactics in war is what’s described as ‘Psych Ops’ or Psychological Operations. It’s been well established that propaganda is crucial in warfare, even during overt military conflict, and the creation and dissemination of propaganda is an essential component of psychological operations. The objective of psychological operations is to weaken or destroy the enemy’s will to fight and resist, or crucially – particularly regarding Afrikans – convince the enemy that in reality there’s no war occurring and that his/her goals and aspirations coincide with and are in harmony with this of the propagandist.

Sport is employed being an expression of national pride and prowess on an ongoing basis, but particularly at times of collective national anxiety. In this context team sports be more crucial than individual sports from the nationalistic perspective, particularly when the team is representing the nation rather than a club. From a racial perspective; individual sporting encounters might have great psychological significance, particularly if they take place in highly combative sports e.g. boxing.

Throughout the so-called ‘Cold War’ the Olympic medal table was a way to obtain fierce competition involving the US and the Soviet Union (White Russian Empire) 1xbet скачать the GDR (German Democratic Republic). This desperate desire to top the medal table was the catalyst for the proliferation of the utilization of performance enhancing drugs by both the US (using a ‘free market’ capitalist methodology) and the Eastern bloc nations (using a situation controlled methodology).

‘We are the absolute most evolved and human of peoples/races. It is our destiny to rule the Earth and everything above and beneath it. We will do whatever must maintain our dominant hegemonic position, including acts of genocide. Afrikans come in the career they occupy (economically, educationally, militarily, healthwise etc.) due to their inferiority (genetic and cultural) and the advantages of European intervention in Afrika (despite any past wrongdoings) have outweighed any detriment caused.’

‘Europeans have proven themselves utterly ruthless, untrustworthy, imperialistic, racist and intent upon world domination. Since they’ll not and cannot accept the equitable sharing of the Earth’s resources in accordance with the populace sizes and needs of different categories of people on Earth they have to be confronted and defeated by us. History has taught us that we cannot rely upon some other band of people to come quickly to our aid.’