Barnes says that there is an inherent racism at large which needs to be addressed.
He says that football is only a slice of society and that black integration into high-profile jobs in politics or journalism is still at a low level, so it’s natural that we notice a person’s skin colour in those circumstances, even today.
“Football can pass laws to stop racist chants. You can’t stop people being racist. Only through education will people understand why it’s wrong to be racist.
“The only way to tackle racism is to treat the cause.”
He says that when we point the finger at football, we absolve the rest of society from responsibility.
Barnes acknowledges that “overt racism has been tackled, but that doesn’t mean that racism has gone away,” and that hundreds of years of perceptions cannot be changed overnight.
“It’s easy to say we don’t see people’s colour, but we do. To say we don’t see colour is stupid, and it absolves us of the way we actually do feel, because we do see colour.
“People are afraid to say it affects them more to see white people dying than black people. Those differences are based on what we’ve been told for the last 200 years,” he says.
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