“No To Racism” campaign backlash

How can people be so blind?



Published: 27 December 2019 (GMT+10)

Sadly, it seems that racism is rife in Italian football (soccer). The highest football division (Serie A) is in the news fairly regularly as one after another reported incidents of abuse are added to the long list of prior instances. Those within the main footballing authority, UEFA, have been scratching their heads on how to tackle this problem.1 However, the graphic designs recently launched by an Italian artist, to enhance UEFA’s anti-racism initiative, were not warmly welcomed, to say the least.

The artwork shows three chimps with coloured faces that supposedly represent different people groups. This includes variations in the colour and shape of their eyes although these differences are probably too subtle to have been picked up by most people. Evidently, artist Simone Fugazzotto believes that all people, regardless of their skin, have evolved from ape-like creatures. He explains the rationale behind the images as follows:

“I thought I’d make this work to teach that we’re all apes. So I made the western monkey -- white with blue eyes -- the Asian monkey -- with almond eyes -- and the black monkey in the middle, which is where everything comes from, this is what the evolutionary theory tells us. The monkey becomes the spark to teach everyone that there is no difference. It’s not that one is man and one is monkey. At this point, we are all monkeys … if they really feel the need to tell a black (player) that he is one.” 2

Now the monkey comes out of the sleeve’, as the Dutch proverb goes.3 Finally, here is someone who hits the nail on its head and, in so doing, reveals the double standard of the critics. The artist has incurred their wrath merely because he has reflected in his work the story that students are taught in schools and universities around the world: evolution. And keep in mind that he was actually trying to make an anti-racism point with his images! The fact of the matter is that, as CMI writers have been saying for a long time, evolution adds fuel to the fire of racial prejudice.4 In fact, some evolutionists have admitted as much. Evolutionary propagandist (and staunch anti-racist and Marxist) Stephen Jay Gould once said:

“Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory. The litany is familiar: cold, dispassionate, objective, modern science shows us that races can be ranked on a scale of superiority. If this offends Christian morality or a sentimental belief in human unity, so be it; science must be free to proclaim unpleasant truths.”5

Of course, science per se shows no such thing. Rather, it is the evolutionary indoctrination masquerading as science which implies a scale of superiority. Is it any wonder that after years of sowing this false teaching, we are reaping the harmful consequences left, right, and centre?

And the racism problem in sport is far from being a peculiarly Italian one; see this example from the Australian Football League. A few months earlier, a Dutch news article highlighted once again the pitiful state of mind of some football fans, who assault black players with monkey sounds and banana peels and hurl insults at them.6 It is bad enough that these things happen, but it is sad that the sporting bodies don’t really know how to tackle this problem, let alone the root cause. Dutch league player Urby Emanuelson remembers one incident vividly: “The supporters of the opposing team made monkey sounds to several black players … ” 

One of the players walked off in disgust and the rest of the team joined him in prematurely leaving the football pitch; the game was cancelled.6

The BBC and other media rightly highlight these issues but offer no solution either, since they are equally confused (see No monkey business here please, we’re the BBC!). Why are people perplexed if children behave like animals, when in the school classroom they are taught that, in fact, they are!7 This erroneous education is continued into adulthood (colleges, universities and the media) and consistently applied by ‘faithful students’ on the stands of many football stadia and elsewhere.

But that’s not all. These insults and other loathsome actions are directed at ‘black’ players of the opposing team while, typically, the players of their ‘own’ team are spared. This bias is also seen in other areas of the game. Biases have the nasty habit of making people blind to their own shortcomings.8 For example, I have repeatedly witnessed supporters screaming at the referee when he blew the whistle against the home-team, when clearly a foul was committed. These same people would gladly turn a blind eye to a player from their home-team pretending he had been fouled. You wonder whether they needed glasses or if they just fancied blaming someone for the lack of ‘spectacle’ on the pitch.

Rooting for biblical roots

The Bible teaches that we all come from the first man Adam (and later Noah).9 We are all members of one human family. However, a consistent application of evolutionary teaching implies that some human beings are less evolved than others. This fallacious doctrine does nothing to decrease the bad behaviours we see in sinful children, adults, and society in general (e.g. football supporters). If anything, it aggravates it.

Is there an antidote to this prejudice? Yes, there is! CMI has long argued that the only remedy is to proclaim the truth and authority of the Bible, particular its Genesis history, and expose evolution for what it is: a deceptive anti-God philosophy that has undergirded many tragedies in this world10 and stifled science.11

References and notes

  1. No to Racism, UEFA.com; accessed 17 December 2019. Return to text.
  2. Sinnot, J., and Mezzofiore, G., Italian soccer anti-racism monkey artwork condemned as ‘outrage’, cnn.com, 17 December 2019. Return to text.
  3. This is translated from the Dutch “Nu komt de aap uit de mouw”. Essentially it means that the hidden agenda is now revealed. Return to text.
  4. Catchpoole, D., Do monkeys play football, Creation 29(3):12–14, June 2007. Return to text.
  5. Stephen Jay Gould, Ontogeny and Phylogeny, Belknap-Harvard Press, p. 127, 1977. Return to text.
  6. De Zeeuw, E., Emanuelson: ‘Racisme in het voetbal is heel moeilijk aan te pakken’, nos.nl, 16 May 2019. Return to text.
  7. Catchpoole, D., How to build a bomb in the public school system, Creation 22(1):17, 1999; creation.com/bomb. Return to text.
  8. Romans 3:23: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Return to text.
  9. Acts 17:26; Romans 5:12, 18; Genesis 9:18–19. Return to text.
  10. Focus, ‘The God Delusion’ and evolutionary teaching linked to tragedies, Creation 33(2):7–11, 2011; creation.com/focus-332#god-delusion-tragedies Return to text.
  11. Sarfati, J., Who’s really pushing ‘bad science’? creation.com/lerner, 26 September 2000. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

Terence B.
Pardon for the cynicism, but does anybody notice that in no way does Simone actually admit that the dark-skinned players are human? Isn’t that the first step to defeating racism - admitting you have a human?
David P.
Darwin did not say "we're all descended from monkeys." We have a common ancestor which is rather different. I do have to pinch myself sometimes when I scan through your hilarious and so dreadfully outdated comments. This was all decided 150 years ago in the Huxley trials. You can still believe in a God and the Bible - and take evolution as a well established fact, but you don't have to take the Bible literally: dinosaurs in with lions in the rather crowded Ark. Ho, ho.

Have a more enlightened New Year chaps.
Lucien Tuinstra
I cannot take responsibility for how the artist interprets evolution. I just quoted what was said.

You mention CMI's outdated comments without giving an example. Instead of scanning, it might be a good idea to read our articles carefully, rather than just making a reference to the exchange of views between Huxley and Wilberforce that happened so long ago, actually 160 years.
Douglas W.
I follow UK Football closely, and have long agreed with my Psychology Lecturer in Post Graduate Studies that The Book of Proverbs contains much to instruct us. This is the answer to football racism, or any kind of insult - often it makes the originator look foolish:
Proverbs 12:16 A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Dan M.
In the U.S.A. we have a related horrific problem brought on by teaching children, they are hairless apes. This of course is mass shootings in the last thirty years or so and outlawing a piece of steel won't solve the problem, (it is spiritual). We don't see conservatives or Christians committing the shootings, (because of their upbringing) but highly evolutionized young people instead. They are putting their faith into action. Evolution really is a liar and a killer from the father of lies. Evolution is a made up false religion akin to the false molech religion of old that inspired people to sacrifice their children out of ignorance. They wanted something just like the football fans and where willing to do horrific things to get it. But now they sacrifice them to the false god of monkeys in our public schools. Why do fans heckle the refs when things don't go their teams way? It reminds me of the bible verse 1Co 13:11. They are spiritually and emotionally immature as I once was, which is why I recognize the problem. JESUS is the answer!
Come Lord Jesus. this world is getting unbearable!
Ken C.
Any philosophy that caters to our ego, will nurture arrogance and inflame self-centered, maligned behaviors. No philosophy is immune from this, including a supposedly divinely driven one.
It is only through Christ’s example and teachings that we can truly attain or nurture the humility necessary to overcome our ego driven tendencies.
Education on all levels allow a book by Darwin to be taught in schools as fact, which as you stated adds fuel to the fire of this sin. Has anyone of them ever taken the time to read the whole title of this book ? "The origin of species by means of natural selection or the preservation of Favored Races in the struggle for life".
YET, at the same time the world accuses GOD of being a racist and make unlawful a book inspired (written by) The Living God, Creator of heaven and earth, and all things in it. HIS TRUTH states: ACTS Chap.17 v.26-27 : From One Man, HE (GOD) made every nation living on the entire surface of the earth, and HE fixed the limits of their territories and the periods when they would flourish. GOD did this so that people would look for HIM and perhaps reach out and find HIM although in fact HE is not far from each one of us".
The sin of racism is one of many that comes from the very heart of ALL men who willingly reject "The Love of The Truth of God so that they might be saved". So now we see a world full of itself (pride) foolishly believing they are wiser than The True GOD. GOD who sees both w/HIS eyes and HIS heart ALL of human kind as the same. HE proved this by showing HIS love to ALL when HE willingly set aside HIS glory to become a man (fulfilling ALL scripture) so HE could provide a way to be redeemed to the FATHER in heaven by paying "The Price" for our sin on that cross, even being raised from the dead.
From scripture (around 600 yrs. before the event) for those who refuse to believe (HIS LOVE): Isaiah. chap 9 v.6-7: "For unto us a child is born, a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty GOD the everlasting FATHER, the Prince of Peace".
Ernest I.
Blood types are common to all races of people. This should be taught, but I know it isn't.
Brent Z.
Great article thanks. I think if the monkey artist truly applied his belief in evolution, he’d have no answer for racism since it comes down to ‘survival of the fittest’!

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