They call us “slaves”, we call them “racists”. Feel better now?
Despite getting racial slurs, the Philippine Football team still went home victorious in what was supposed to be a friendly match against Hong Kong.
It turned out that the so-called friendly football game was nothing but ‘unfriendly’.
According to South China Morning Post, Hong Kong football fans were accused of racial abuse, including yelling “you’re all just slaves” at their Filipino counterparts. Apart from racial abuse, the supposed to be friendly Hong Kongers also threw bottles at the Filipino fans and booed the Philippine national anthem.
The Post calls this incident “football hooliganism in Hong Kong”.
From the SCMP:
One Filipino called it a “traumatic experience”, while another said she was reduced to tears.
One expatriate fan said he was disgusted by the Hong Kong supporters, who were further incensed as Hong Kong went on to lose the game 1-0.
“At the end of the game there were ugly scenes when the Philippines side tried to celebrate with their fans and were subjected to such abuse – verbal, gestures and physical – as they were pelted with bottles and other objects,” the Englishman told the South China Morning Post on Wednesday morning.
“Then I was even more disgusted to hear some local guys shouting to the group of Philippine men, women and children, who were happily celebrating, that they were ‘all just slaves’…and making obscene gestures to them.”
Some people might suspect this issue has something to do with Philippines’ territorial disputes with China. But according to this very recent survey, Hong Kong people really dislike the Philippines and its government.
Now this reminds me of the Manila hostage crisis in 2010 wherein a former police inspector named Rolando Mendoza held Hong Kong tourists. This tragedy that led to the death of nine people, including the hostage taker, exposed the sheer incompetence of the Aquino government.
Here’s a report from SCMP:
The news coincides with the release of an opinion poll saying that Manila tops the list of governments that Hongkongers do not like.
An overwhelming 86 per cent of 1,000 people surveyed held negative feelings towards the Philippine government, according to a University of Hong Kong poll. By comparison, the next most-hated government, Japan, was at 48 per cent.
However, I am skeptical about the term ‘racism’ here.
The standard definition of “racism” from Merriam-Webster is “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”
So, when some Hong Kongers called their Filipino counterparts “slaves”, that’s not racism. They just feel culturally superior to pinoys because of their economic status.
Meanwhile, this Inquirer story churns out comments that I find really disappointing and pathetic.
One commenter said: “Thats why to all pinoys love our own…We are still very lucky we have own country beautiful, rich in natural resources, has the best tropical beaches, has the beautiful women, and good delicious tropical foods…what else can you asked for, but to be very vigilant.”
We’ve been sitting on our so-called rich natural resource for centuries yet we didn’t have the slightest effin’ idea how to harness or exploit them. We have to allow foreign investors and scientists to be part of our team. This is what HK, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and others did.
For instance, the Arabs had been occupying their oil-rich territory for hundreds or even thousands of years. The Shah of Iran had to allow a British investor to discover and exploit Persian oil over a century ago before it could be LOOTED or nationalized by the Iranian parliament in the 1950s. The British should have blasted all those oil fields and their imported technologies to smithereens.
Another commenter said: “Seriously??? HK Chinese calling Filipinos slaves when they themselves were slaves to the British for years and now part of China, which is pretty much slave to the United States economy.”
The good thing about the HK people is that they learned from the British and kept their economy free. Even Beijing was convinced it had to keep the British legacy and influence when it repossessed Hong Kong in 1997.
How about us? What did we do? We did not only limit foreign investors; we also spat on the Americans and burned bridges in 1973 when we ended the bogus, stupid Parity Rights agreement.
I can only liken this RP-HK football spat to UAAP. Now, can students or graduates from the so-called top 2 UAAP schools tell Hong Kongers: “tuition niyo baon ko lang?”
I don’t think so… 😉
In regard to the charge that Hong Kongers are racist, a recent survey shows that Hong Kong is one of the least racially tolerant countries in the world.
The following are the least racially tolerant countries:
- 40% + (of individuals surveyed would not want a person of another race as a neighbour): India, Jordan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong
- 30 – 39.9%: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea.
- 20 – 39.9% : France, Turkey, Bulgaria, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Zambia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines
Ironically, the Philippines is included in the least tolerant list. Perhaps this explains our fear of foreign investors and professionals. We do not only limit foreign investors; we also totally ban foreign professionals from practicing their respective professions in the country.
By contrast, Hong Kong is the second freest economy in the world, which means despite its people’s alleged racial intolerance, its system fully embraces foreign investors, professionals, scientists and other cultures.
The most tolerant countries are as follows:
- 0 to 4.9%: United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Britain, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Australia, New Zealand
- 5 – 9.9%: Chile, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Belarus, Croatia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa
- 10 – 14.9%: Finland, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia
- 15 – 19.9%: Venezuela, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Macedonia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Russia, China