The stain in Spain

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is encountering racist fans in Spain.

Spanish spectators have greeted Hamilton in blackface and ugly racist taunts.

According to Marco Canseco, a reporter for the sports paper Marca, fans of Spanish driver Fernando Alonso booed his archrival (and former McLaren teammate) “fanatically” every time he moved between his mobile home and the pit at the Circuit de Catalunya testing session. Those seated over the British driver’s quarters, included some men wearing painted faces, Afro wigs, and t-shirts bearing the word’s “Hamilton’s Family,” went even further, loudly calling Hamilton a “negro de mierda” (or “black shit”) and other offensive names.

And this.

And online comments left on Spanish websites that have published news of the abuse display a notable lack of concern. “The insults to Mr. Hamilton aren’t racist because they aren’t insulting him for being black, they insult him for being a Formula One driver [who is] giving it to Alonso,” writes one Marca reader.

Now you could have fooled me that they aren’t insulting him cause he’s black. If Hamilton was white, would you see painted faces, afro wigs and and heard the shouting of racists taunts?

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