Today is flag day. We recently saw it appear on top of Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton’s head after his victory in the GP Brazil and, for the first time in a long time, a large portion of the population looked at that cloth and those colors without suspicion, as the symbol that should be the visual representation of the Brazilian nation, it suffered a kind of kidnapping by groups that preach a crooked order and non-inclusive progress.
Not five days have passed since the flag held up by the English pilot, and Brazil showed that in the sport it also continues to belong to a few, as the STJD, on the eve of the Black Consciousness Day, decided to give back to Brusque the three points lost by racist insults to half Celsinho.
The case has already been exposed here and elsewhere. It’s easy to look for the history of what happened to the absurdity of a club that, in the middle of the 21st century, has people with such a high degree of primacy in racist attitudes.
The flag in the hands of the Englishman Hamilton was stripped of the violent meaning attached to it more and more intensely over the last decade, but the State it represents continues to cower when it comes to guaranteeing citizenship for all.
The club even said that the player would have been “opportunist” when accusing racism and was rejected by many people. One of the sponsors withdrew, made demands… But even so there were those who gave reason to the club and it seems that the Superior Court of Sports Justice is on the side of the latter, proving that the anti-racism of national sport goes to page two. It goes where it’s beautiful for the image and for sales, it goes where it bumps into interests and influences that don’t give a damn that everything remains very bad for a majority of the population that continues to be humiliated at the first opportunity, whether on the field or outside his.
The ironic thing is that many of these people must have applauded Lewis Hamilton, a black athlete, super millionaire, world-renowned champion… But who never failed to take a stand even when the leaders of his sport tried to silence his voice. Hamilton engages, speaks, is proud of who he is, does not admit it and is applauded in Brazil, a country that does not recognize itself.
Celsinho did it too, but he is not Hamilton and the main difference is not in the bank account. The difference lies in a flag that he, however sympathetic he may be, never returns this affection.