Russia and Racism
After Russia’s pathetic, truly stunning loss to Canada in the quarterfinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament, NBC sportscaster Mike Millbury commented:
I was shocked that it was this one-sided. And I was really disappointed that these guys came with their euro-trash game. It was just. No heart, no guts, no nothing there to back it up. I mean Alex Ovechkin was an average player tonight. I know they’re going to bounce back, but to be that poor and to be that intimidated physically by the Canadians, that really shocked me.
Wikipedia then immediately added the following to Millbury’s entry: “He was employed by NBC to serve as a hockey analyst during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, during which he caused some controversy by referring to the Russian team as the racist phrase ‘Euro-Trash’.”
Oops. Wikipedia itself defines the term “eurotrash” and it pertains only to class, not race, according to Wiki. Millbury was merely saying that the Russians played like spoiled rich kids, soft, weak and craven. The reference to racism had to be deleted from the Wiki page. Apparently, the fellow who wrote the Wiki entry on Millbury wasn’t a big Wiki reader himself. Too bad. Could it have been some Russophile nationalist who rushed to smear Millbury for his tough (and accurate) criticism of Russian’s play? Possible, very possible.
We grow very tired of hearing Russophile propagandists label criticism of Russia “racist.” The status of “Russian” is not a race status, it’s a nationality status. True, if you pay attention to the Russian language then you know Russians themselves have two different words for “Russian,” one that means “Slavic” and one that means “citizen of the Russian Federation,” and that they use the former to imply the latter but not vice versa. Russia itself, of course, is a very racist country. But the outside world, when it speaks about “Russians,” is referring to nationality, not race, and it’s simply pathetic that desperate Russophiles can find no other way to deflect blame from the Putin regime than to attempt to smear its critics as racist.
A recent article from the slime-covered pages of Pravda is a good encapsulation of Russia’s crazed frenzy over race. In a truly insane diatribe, one of the craziest and most embarrassingly unhinged pieces of pro-Putin propaganda we’ve ever seen, the author attempts to argue that because the number of racist murders in Russia is smaller than the number of racist incidents in the USA, Russia has no problem with racism. Oh and, for good measure, he doesn’t tell his readers he’s comparing apples and oranges. He simply lies and says the Russian murder rate is the incident rate.
Hearing Slavic Russian complaining about being victimized by racism even as they carry out ritualistic killings of dark-skinned people across Russia is truly appalling. It’s a perfect exemplification of the failed Russian state, blind to reality, hurtling headlong into the abyss of neo-Soviet failure.