Racism Dealt with in Italy could teach a Lesson for Racist American NFL Fans

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Anne Frank

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

A Jewish teen who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in 1945 is being used to push an anti-Semitic culture as sports fans go even lower. 

During a football game, Lazio vs. Caglairi on Tuesday fans dumped anti-Semitic graffiti during the clubs Serie A game.  Leaving images of Ann Frank disrespectfully wearing an opposing team’s jersey[Roma].

Lazio shares the stadium with Roma. 

Lazio president Claudio Lotito said on Tuesday that the club will organize and annual trip to Auschwitz for 200 Lazio fans to educate and attempt to gain empathy for a tragic historical event.   In the face of the dishonorable act the Italian soccer federation announced that a passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before matches this week to help those fans who are not familiar with the Jewish Holocaust. 

The Lazio squad added along with the annual trip, on Wednesday night vs bologna the team will wear jerseys with an image of Anne Frank on them. 

The Lazio fans have a history of chanting anti-Semitic slogans and Nazi salutes.  Racist and fascist banners are not rare.  On Sunday one end of the stadium was blocked off due to its nasty antics, the group simply moved to the other end of the stadium. 

Lotito made an attempt to distance the club from its fan base, he said via a soccer website, “We’re here today to disassociate ourselves from any form of xenophobia and anti-Semitism.”

Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian prime minister said the Anne Frank stickers were “unbelievable, and unacceptable and not to be minimized.”  The Ann Frank Center condemned the actions of the football fans and referred to them as “abhorrent and “offensive.”

Maybe the NFL could learn something from this, they would have to re-gain my viewership.

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