This past Saturday, we played a game against KTP and won 3-0. Not only did we win, but I also appeared on the scorers sheet and even got man of the match! Don't worry, this post isn't about me boasting my performance.
I wrote this post because for the first time in my amateur and professional career, I first-hand experienced acts of racism during a game. We were forced into the locker room for a brief intermission by the officials before resuming about 10 minutes later. For a long time now, it has been preached countlessly to remove racism from the game. We've had a member of the players association come in and speak about it, held up signs before games reading, "Put an end to racism" (or something along those lines in Finnish), and we even took a team picture that was taken to social media to create awareness. Still that was not enough.
I have lived and friended with people from all over the world. Whether you are African American, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, Gay, Straight, or anything else, it shouldn't matter. We as people are all made different and should not be pre-judged for what we are on the outside.
So I leave you all with a little food for thought- next time you attend a public event, think before acting. Whether you are a spectator or a participant of the event, consider that your actions indeed do have an impact on all those around you.