Grand Old Club

For the first time an English Premier League club [see here] has banned, indefinitely, a customer (fan) from its games. Everton FC assert that in their opinion tweets made by this fan were homophobic and racist. The unnamed fan (deleted Twitter handle @WhereAreYeEFC) may be allowed back but this is unclear. Social media suggests that…

A Tale of Two Races

There now exists in the United Kingdon a law, a speech crime¬†law, that treats different citizens in an inequitable manner. The inequity derives from accidental human characteristics such as skin tone and¬†religion, for example, that the law itself purportedly holds to be equal. I’ll just draw on two different media stories to highlight where this…

Speech Crime

In 1986 the United Kingdom government enacted the Public Order Act [see here]. For many this legislation has stifled not only insulting speech but most speech. Here’s the thing: if something that you say (that is speech) can wind you up in prison, why would you take a chance and say anything remotely controversial? Why…

Institutional Societal Racism

What would it be like to live in a society where a minority of citizens, this minority based upon their skin tone let’s say, could make sweeping accusations about the majority of this same society, this majority again being based on their skin tone? And what would it be like if this minority could enlist…