German team, Deinster SV used a digital form of ‘black face’ to protest against a racist attack on two Sudanese refugee players, drawing concerns to the issue.
The team posted the digitally-manipulated image its Facebook page’s header graphic, as well on its page’s wall with a message explaining the meaning behind it.
When the interpreted, the post explained that their friend and fellow players were “insulted and beaten” on racial grounds. It was capped off with #DividedWeFall and #UnitedWeStand.
“This is just sad! Violence against refugees is pathetic.
“Emad and Amar — you belong to us … and we are pleased that you are with us!”
The action drew a lot of commendation with many commenters congratulating the club for its “great response” against the “xenophobic attacks.” However, some social media users have pointed out the club had used a form of ‘black face’ as an offensive act in itself. The defiant response to an alleged racist attack on two of its players.
They wrote a message detailing the alleged attack alongside the post, outlining their support for the players who are Sudanese refugees. Emad was allegedly pushed to the ground and beaten as the men were subjected to verbal and physical abuse. The head coach, Soenke Kreibich, told the Jetzt website the reason behind the action.
“We wanted to make a stand, amongst ourselves but also to the public.
“It should make it clear that Emad and Amar are an inherent part of our team, and not a minority on whom you can use violence to let off your personal frustration.”
The club has received widespread praise for the response, although some have criticized the picture claiming it is a form of racism in itself.
Over 16,000 people so far have ‘liked’ the Facebook post in appreciation of the club’s stance.