Liverpool legend Barnes blames racism problems on society

Former Liverpool star John Barnes says he is not surprised by the recent racism scandals in football, and that they are a cause of modern society, The Telegraph reports.

Barnes suffered racial abuse during his time at Anfield, including one notorious incident when he had a banana thrown at him from the crowd in a match against Everton.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was recently charged with allegedly using racist language towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and Barnes believes this is due to a history of ignorance.

“People have been told for 400 years since slavery that black people aren’t as intelligent as white,” he said. “White players always said to me: ‘You can call me ‘a white so-and-so,’ I don’t mind.’ But that’s because society had indoctrinated us over the past 400 years to think that’s like saying ‘you handsome so-and-so.’

“99 per cent of black individuals would be offended being called ‘a black so-and-so’ because we’ve had 400 years of being dehumanised.”

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