The word “racism” has never had a precise definition. It’s a tool of oppression against whites. As such, its definition is constantly changing. Though, according to reputable dictionaries, it is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits, or that one’s own race is superior to others, these days it can refer to practically any statement involving non-whites.
Take the case of Voula Papachristou for example. Her life ambition has been shattered because she pointed out the obvious in a tweet. According to Opposing Views:
Voula Papachristou was kicked off Greece’s Olympic team on Wednesday for making a racist, derogatory comment on her Twitter account.
Why did her insensitive tweet bring about such a harsh punishment? Well, according to the Times Union, because she made ” statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”
Papachristou, an unapologetic supporter Greece’s extreme right Golden Dawn party, posted this controversial message last Sunday:
“With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!”
As you would expect, the joke was met with something of a negative reaction.That plus her affiliation with Golden Dawn (a party which rose to international infamy a few weeks ago when spokesperson Ilias Kasidiaris smacked a communist woman in the face) ultimately forced Greece to seriously reconsider her position on their national Olympic team.
Perhaps it’s just me but I don’t understand what’s so controversial about her comment. It’s a harmless joke that indicates no hatred or animosity whatsoever. She didn’t call for the killing of those African invaders. She didn’t say they are dangerous, stupid, ugly or unwelcome. All she did was point out, in a colorful way, that there are many of them in her country.
It appears that these days it’s “racist” even to notice that there are many foreigners in your country. Failure to ignore this fact leads to harsh consequences. Even George Orwell would have been shocked at this state of affairs.
To make matters even worse, she did the worst thing possible after the accusation was made: She grovelled. When will people learn that grovelling accomplishes nothing in the face of accusations of racism. But Papachristou is still young, and she is beautiful. I hope that she accomplishes great things in her life, that she encounters no harm from the Africans of whom she spoke, and that she has many Greek children.