Football, racism and prevarication


All it takes to make you feel less like you live in a leper colony is to watch European football and realise that problems of racism are not confined to Scotland or England.  I don’t know if many care in Hungary how their fans looked against England, going by the standard M.O. here, you suspect some will blame the media for highlighting that hoary old lie, the “tiny minority”.

The media and politicians certainly have a role in publicising racism, or covering it up, as has often been the case around these parts.  Memories of the 2011 League Cup Final stand out in particular, a moment when political affirmation of racist conduct pivoted behaviour in the stands that remains to this day.

This problem has touched every club but seldom been an issue for Celtic, you would literally need to go back decades.  When an incident happened in the 80s, fans took responsibility, which drew a clear line of what was acceptable, observed ever since.  Prevarication does not work as well.

Football is set to return to our stands and TVs this weekend.  We will see the results of prevarication.

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  1. Turkeybhoy



    I think we have over 90% vaccinated in all age groups except 25-34 yr olds (which is getting there) and 16 to 24 yr olds which is just over 50 %. S



    So, we are close to getting there. There is a reluctance amongst some balck communities and some of that is historical and requires trust rather than legislation to overcome.



    A BMJ article from earlier this year said :-



    “Vaccine hesitancy, characterised by uncertainty and ambivalence about vaccination, is a legitimate viewpoint, underscoring the failure or lack of effective public health messaging. People who are hesitant can still be convinced of the vaccines’ safety, efficacy, and necessity,11 and, most importantly, they are not “anti-vaxxers.” Vaccination rates are also lower in population groups that change address frequently, making NHS records inaccurate, which is common among people from ethnic minorities.12



    The most common reasons for hesitancy are concerns about side effects and the long term effects on health,2 and lack of trust in vaccines, particularly among black respondents.5 Some have capitalised on these concerns to spread misinformation,11 adding to the historical mistrust of government and public health bodies that runs deep in some ethnic minority groups.



    Trust is eroded by systemic racism and discrimination,10 previous unethical healthcare research in black populations,13 under-representation of minorities in health research and vaccine trials,9 and negative experiences within a culturally insensitive healthcare system.10 The disregard for non-Christian religious festivals has further undermined trust. Residential segregation, a form of systemic racism, affects health and access to resources to enhance health in multiple ways, creating conditions that amplify mistrust.10 Segregation is rising in Europe, and in the UK the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities are the most segregated.14 Ethnicity intersects with socioeconomic status and educational attainment, accentuating the effects.1014 Access barriers, including location of vaccine delivery and time, are other factors that could aggravate the disparities in uptake.



    Trust could be established by funding and supporting community and primary care led vaccination efforts, as GPs are likely to be more trusted3 by the communities they serve because of relationships built over time. Engaging community groups, champions, and faith leaders, and resourcing targeted, culturally competent interventions would also help reduce vaccine hesitancy.15 For example, assuaging doubts regarding the religious acceptability of vaccines will require consistent non-stigmatising messages in targeted populations, co-designed, shared, and endorsed by people within the community, including health professionals and faith leaders.916



    Prioritising vulnerable members of minority communities, in particular healthcare workers, for covid-19 vaccination and recognising their roles as trusted sources of information could reduce the perceptions of risk of covid-19 vaccines among people from ethnic minorities. Such communications can be made more effective by providing educational resources in multiple languages.17 Vaccination could be made more convenient and accessible through measures such as providing transport, particularly for people who work in lower paid public facing roles,17 and using places of worship as vaccination sites.18



    The legitimate concerns and information needs of ethnic minority communities must not be ignored, or worse still, labelled as “irrational” or “conspiracy theories.” We need to engage, listen with respect, communicate effectively, and offer practical support to those who have yet to make up their minds about the vaccine. Covid-19 vaccination is one of the most important public health programmes in the history of the NHS. Tackling vaccine hesitancy and ensuring that vaccination coverage is high enough to lead to herd immunity are essential for its success.19”




    In Glasgow the work and support from the Gorbals Mosque and the Sikh temple have been invaluable in overcoming most local hesitancy

  2. TheLurkinTim on 10th September 2021 1:01 am






    Do you want me to Tell the World about the Book of Revelations?



    Naw, I ain’t.



    Yeshua is the wan Howevaah.



    God Bless you Bro.

  3. Republican Governor of West Virginia repudiating anti vaxxers who believe Big Brother has inserted microchip in vaccines to trace people’s location. He says, “Yet they walk around with their cell phones!”


    In other news, demand in the U.S. for sperm from non-vaccinated donors has gone through the roof. Maybe some posters on here tonight have an unexpected source of funds? Could come in handy.🤣

  4. CaddingtonCommon on

    Tom Mclaughlin from earlier.


    Could be a bit painful if some Ned tries to steal your QR number !



    In other news, demand in the U.S. for sperm from non-vaccinated donors has gone through the roof. Maybe some posters on here tonight have an unexpected source of funds? Could come in handy.🤣




    Oh come come!🤣

  6. JHB…unvaccinated sperm is now 21,000% more expensive…some say it’s slipped through some hands ;-))

  7. PETEC


    Of course it is nonsense. Yet the West Virginia Governor is the only Republican Governor to say so publicly. The others are quite happy to stay silent while QAnon shamans dupe their citizens with arrant nonsense.

  8. Ivermectin is the new dtug of choice….deworm yer life…arseholes



    Republican…death cult



    Reminds me of the joke about why there’s a lack of modern Jim Jones characters…the punchline is too long ;-))

  9. There are at least twenty-nine life-threatening diseases that have ‘plagued’ mankind and have been eradicated, or, held in check, by vaccines – everything from smallpox, through diptheria and polio, to measles, mumps & rubella. If some people don’t know the ‘script’ of how vaccnation works, it is down to a lack of education, possibly wilful, and a preponderance to listen to conspiricay nutters on social media. The figures for lives saved pre-Covid vaccination and post, are overwhelming & there for all to see – there are no ifs, buts, or, maybes. If the elderly & frail, some with serious underlying conditions, are being ‘saved’ by being inoculated, what on earth kind of logic is stopping younger fitter people getting jabbed?



    There is a similarity with the stance of Jehovah Witnesses on blood transfusions. Many Witnesses, including children, die each year as a result of refusing life-saving blood products. They claim it is written in the Bible, in the scriptures. This is absolute nonsense, it was decided at a Watchtower Witness Convention in the US, in 1945.



    Sometimes governments have to legislate to protect the greater good of the population & overcome stupidity – the cases of crash-helmets and seat-belts are prime examples.

  10. Enjoyed Belfast immensely – even the Titanic exhibition



    In all my years of going to Donegal , we were never able to stop safely in the 6 counties apart from Dungivan, so I never got to now Belfast or Derry much when younger.



    My abiding memory as a teenager was of stopping at a wee cafe in Dungivan that had a jukebox where we played this song by this man






    Strange – the memories that stick

  11. Wandering about McChuiils…lots of their artwork albums are scratched 45’s/33’s I own ;-))




  12. Looks like there may be a few extra season tickets available from 1st October. For anyone on here willing to place their politics & posturing ahead of watching Celtic this season, I’d be happy to take your season book off your hands for a nominal sum, say £5? I’ll then link in with the ticket office and get these transferred over to the Kano Foundation. That way, your ticket isn’t wasted and you get the price of a pint to mull over your own stupidity…win/win!!

  13. Ok so last I was in there…the Hoot….before I left I was information overload….sights, sounds, smells…made me anxious…so I left….hours later I woke up. Walking

  14. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Hey Tom Mglaughlin.



    I remember years ago I posted a song on hrere asking you to shine bright like a diamond. You didnt get it.



    I,m glad you beat cancer. Your light is burning bright.



    Hail Hail