Inequality: Racism In Italy
BY: Stephen Barnard, Joe Christmas, Konor Kolb, and Khang Lu.

Task 1: By Khang Lu

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli was only 18 years old playing for Inter when he got abused by the fans during the game Inter Milan vs. Jeventus but now plays for Manchester City. When he was at San Siro for Inter Milan, some of the Italian fans did not “like” and abused Mario for playing in Italy and for their national team. He was born in Palermo, Italy, 1990 from two Ghanaian immigrants who abandoned him and was later raised by the Balotelli family. When he was playing at his home stadium, some fans does not look at him as their own races because of his skin color differences. Insults are not the only thing coming out of the fans, they “also threw him bananas and other objects with the risk of serious injures” (Galletta). The only thing the referee can do during the match is to suspend the match due to the fans who can “go really too far, with hymns and different kinds of nasty behaviors against players of other skin colors” (Galletta). Another incident that occurred was after the match between Inter vs Barcelona and when it was finished, Balotelli threw his jersey to the ground “to show his anger against his supporters instead of celebrating for the great result of the match” (Galletta). This angers the fans even more because of his actions towards them and to his own nationality. It is up to him to stop his behaviors if he wants the racism towards him from the fans to end.

Task 1 Work Cited:

"Beautiful games turned ugly racism in Europe's soccer arenas2.wmv." Tkdgalchloe. Youtube. 18 April 2010. Web Video Clip. 1 November 2010.

Galletta, Tommaso and Tommaso Vaccarella. "Mario Balotelli: An Italian Soccer Player with the Wrong Skin Colour?" I-Italy. 27 July 2010.
Digitalians Corporation, NY. Web. 27 October 2010.

"UEFA wants games with racist taunts suspended." France 24. 22 April 2010. Web Video Clip. 28 October 2010.

Task 2: By Konor Kolb

Combating Racism in Italy

A group known as ENAR (European Network Against Racism) Promotes anti-racism against ethnic minorities in European countries. ENAR in Italy has been working with anti-racist NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) science 1998. Racism in Italy is mainly directed at immigrants from Romania, but also the Iraq war and terrorism is used as ammo to target Muslim immigrants. While the government and other politicians try to make the discrimination known to the general population, they aren’t doing anything to prevent it themselves. “An increasing number of victims are using legal instruments to combat discrimination”(Scaglioltt), but only a small number of these racist based attacks and retaliation ever reaches the media. Acts against Roma Gypsies include the burning of their camps in which they are “kept,” riots that inflict physical damage upon the people caught in the riot, and when searching through Gypsy camps, even the “policemen who are supposed to protect the rights of the people, denounce and abuse the Gypsies”(Scaglioltt). ENAR represents ethnic minorities by including NGO’s in National Coordination meetings, and by attending international anti-racist meetings to discuss and exchange ideas on discrimination. Also, ENAR and NGO’s have tried hard to get the government to respect and apply the basic human rights for the immigrants, and to adopt different plans of action to combat racism, but they are ignored. In complete contradiction to antiracism, “Parliament adopted an act in January 2006, requested by the xenophobic party Lega Nord, which significantly weakens the penal­ties against hate speech and instigation to racial discrimination”(Scaglioltt). Another way that ENAR combats racism is by gathering data on racist attacks, and then sending help to support the victims, and try to protect them in the future.
Another group FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) fights against racism in football. FARE believes strongly in keeping the game free of racism, because the sport belongs to everybody, and everybody deserves to play it without incident. Unfortunately this is not the case; fans shout Islamophobic obscenities at other fans, and players on the field. On another occasion, “fans formed a human U representing the movement responsible for mass killings of Serbs, Jews, and Roma during World War II”(Football Against Racism ). FARE supports clubs and teams that are being targeted by this type of racism. Also, in order to combat racism, FARE has organized many campaigns composed of thousands of fans and star players in football. “All 32 teams of the UEFA champions league participated in the “Unite Against Racism” campaign”(Football Against Racism ). This campaign was viewed by millions of people worldwide, increasing the general knowledge of racism in football.

Task 2 Works Cited:

"Football Against Racism." Fare. 28 October 2010. UEFA and FIFA. Web. 28 October 2010.

"Italy 2008-stop the violence against Roma." Icarenews. Youtube. 25 July 2008. Web Video Clip. 28 October 2008.

Scaglioltt, Luciano. "Responding to racism in Italy." ENAR. n.d. European Commission DG. Web. 27 October 2010.

Task 3: By Joe Christmas

Combating Racism Literature Connection

In both real life and literature, racism and hate can be depicted and understood by characters and people. In Italy, football fans have been being racist to several Italian football players, and in “A Narrative of Life” by Fredrick Douglass, the master was racist towards the slave. Although most people serve out the racism, some organizations go against it; some are FARE, (Football against racism in Europe) and Fifa’s “Say no to Racism”. These organizations are like Mr. Thomas in “A Narrative of Life” by Frederick Douglass because when Douglass wanted to become free or end the beatings, he went to Mr. Thomas to ask for protection and to talk to Mr.Covey for Douglass. “During the first six months, of that year, scarce a week passed without his whipping me. I was seldom free from a sore back. My awkwardness was almost always his excuse for whipping me”. (pg 541) When Balotelli and Samuel Eto’o are discriminated against, the organizations step in and assist the players by, “affirming that racist chants should meet severe sanctions, including heavy fines to clubs and having games without an audience”. ( The players on the other hand, are more like Douglass because they are able to withstand the abuse but they do want it to end so they can just live the way they want. “We worked fully up to the point of endurance,” (pg 541) Although Douglass went to Mr. Thomas to ask for help, most of the layers were approached by the organizations about the abuse.

Philippe Martin

"Lets Kick Racism out of Football"

Task 3 Works Cited:

Alessandro Mastrorocco. “Mario Balotelli and Racism in Italian Soccer”. Article. 2009. Suite101. N.P. Web. 28 October 2010.

“Lets Kick Racism out of Football”. Photo. 2009. Lets Kick it Out. N.P. Web. 29 October 2010

Martin, Philippe “”. Photo. 2008. Flickr. N.P. Web. 29 October 2010

Pg 541, Literature. McDougal Little. Passage. 2008. Classzone. N.P. Web. 1 November 2010.

Task 4: By Group: Joe, Khang, Konor, and Stephen

Discrimination happens all around us like at school, at work, or maybe in sports. We just ignore it and don’t want to deal with the problems. But by helping, it can provide and stop racism and discrimination. For a start, kids can discuss with their parents about discrimination and how it can affect you. Second, parents can show what they can do to provide discrimination from happening towards them or anyone else. Third, with the help of the parents, we could get on their mailing list to stay informed. Next, we can form a group to discuss their problems of being discriminated. Then we can host community speeches about racism, so more people would know what is truly happening in the world around us. Lastly, we can participate in the International Day for Elimination Racial Discrimination that happens on every March 21th. This showed that if we work together, we can eliminate racism and discrimination all around us.

Task 4 Works Cited:

"What can we do to stop racism?" Say No to Racism. n.d. N.p. Web. 1 November 2010.

"Mailing List." ENAR-EU. 29 October 2010. EU. Web. 2 November 2010.

Task 5: By, Stephen Barnard

“Discrimination”, by David Taylor, connects to Mario Balotelli from task 1. It does this by explaining how bad discrimination and racism is. “Racism a nasty word that conjures thoughts of oppressive deeds made by man because of creed” (Taylor). Racism brings hardship and constraint against groups of people, especially minorities. It also can ruin a person’s spirit by degrading them emotionally. “There is just one human race no matter what form the face” (Taylor). There is only one human race, that race contains every human on the planet. It doesn’t matter what you look like or how you act we’re all the same. We all have the same form just different colors. Diversity is good and a mix of people with different ideas is good too. Violence is never the answer to anger, the fans shouldn’t have thrown things at him even if they were angry. “Discrimination would be good if it were used for what it does; revealing what unites ALL of us” (Taylor). Discrimination is used to unite us and bring new ideas and perspectives to the table. It is a great thing to have and use peacefully.

Racism a nasty word
that conjures thoughts
of oppressive deeds
made by man because
of creed.
Discrimination another one
that binds our minds
and sharpens tongues
because of some elitist thought
that's unjust and plainly wrong.
Fighting wars because of God?
Trampling on the underdog.
But we have legislation
to banish discrimination.
'Equal opportunity'
is the current phrase; our incantation.

The rules and laws
are needed where
some of us would dare
to think in ways that denigrate
others on this Earth; our place.
Racism? There is just one human race
no matter what form the face.
And discrimination
a faculty we all posses
to separate what's bad from best.
Discrimination would be good
if it were used for what it does;
revealing what unites ALL of us

Task 5 Works Cited:

Galletta, Tommaso and Tommaso Vaccarella. "Mario Balotelli: An Italian Soccer Player with the Wrong Skin Colour?" I-Italy. 27 July 2010.
Digitalians Corporation, NY. Web. 27 October 2010.

Scaglioltt, Luciano. "Responding to racism in Italy." ENAR. n.d. European Commission DG. Web. 27 October 2010.

Taylor, David. "'Discrimination' by David Taylor." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of Poems and Poets.. Poetry Search Engine.
11 Dec. 2007. Web. 29 Oct. 2010.