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Blackface performers are, “…the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.” — Frederick Douglass

So now we can’t even enjoy a sporting event without racism?

I’m not talking about Donald Sterling, the racist former owner of The Los Angeles Clippers, I’m referring to the World Cup match between Germany and Ghana where ignorant German fans wore black-painted faces in a bigoted attempt to poke fun at Ghanaian soccer players.

It wasn’t funny. It’s 2014 and we’re still dealing with the remnants of blackface 180 years after white actors first performed in blackface in New York theaters.

Germany has now placed racism on an international stage again. You may have heard about the 1936 Berlin Olympics where track star Jesse Owen ruined Hitler’s plans of German sporting domination.

I’m not sure officials can regulate bigotry in the stands, but World Cup soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has started an investigation into racial discrimination.

Fare, an anti-discrimination organization, sent a blistering report to FIFA as a result of several racial incidents during the World Cup.

COMMENTARY: German Bigots Tarnish Country’s Image in World Cup  was originally published on

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