Blatter suggests racism ‘is in our DNA’…
Sepp Blatter has shown once again why he is the target of so much criticism for failing to deal with racism in football with his latest column for the FIFA Weekly.
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The 78-year-old has condemned the actions of Chelsea supporters in Paris last week, but also managed to suggest that it is a natural form of behaviour that is part of our DNA.
“Some scientists claim there is a germ of racist thinking within all of us,” he said. “Their conclusions are based on research into human evolution. A fear of strangers and a suspicion of the unknown is a basic or ‘caveman’ instinct and part of a strategy for survival in an age when mammoths were served up for breakfast.
“Tens of thousands of years have passed but the basic instinct has remained, the researchers say. If so, it is disquieting, because it would mean racism is in our DNA. However, the evolutionary biologists say, there is an antidote: the intellect. It can suppress gut feelings, differentiate us from animals, and make us humans with clear principles and values.”