Professor Tamir Ba-Ron once pointed out to me that this gifted Italian soccer star, Paulo Di Canio, was apt to give his home crowd fans in Lazio a treat during his after-goal celebrations. Di Canio would tear to the side lines after scoring and promptly give the Italian fascist salute. Fans, stated Dr. Ba-Ron, would go wild. In 2006, ESPN even ran a piece on the controversial salute exposing to viewers the darker side of racism when mixed with sports.

However, recent events in Europe, and around the world, have proven a portending trend: sports are not the only realm by which ethnicity is championed. Increasingly, the political world is becoming steeped in racial tea; indicative of a shift to what Dr. Ba-Ron calls the New Right. The liberal bastions of the 1960s and 1970s; where humanity, tolerance, fairness, education and equity beamed brightly in global politics, began to erode in the 1980s. In its place, the European New Right champions a political discourse promoting ethnicity as the foundation of citizenship, politics, and economics.

For example, even in what most Americans consider an overly liberal France, New Right promoters such as Alain de Benoist and Charles Champetier still hold on to the anti-capitalism rhetoric of the Old Left, but insist that the best of what French society produces should go to the French – not to displaced Algerians, Moors, or Vietnamese. Toward that end, there is a serious movement in France to limit the vote to only those who are ethnically French. Though a person of Arab or Asian descent may possess French citizenship, the New Right claims they are still not French and would not, therefore, know how to vote properly.

In Hamburg Germany, anti-Muslim graffiti cover walls – even those adjacent to World War II shrines, such as the bombed out St. Nikolai church. In the riots in England, deaths of three young men (Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavi) came at the end of an automobile driven by whites.

With a global recession (depression) causing deep pain throughout the industrialized West, the rise in rhetoric over ethnic rights – particularly from Europe – should give considerable pause to all citizens that fought in or still remember the horror of the Second World War. The Great Depression (1929-1941) then gave rise to Adolph Hitler, not that “History” will repeat itself in this instance (2008-?), but soccer stars receiving adulations from fans because of his after-goal Il Duce salutes show that the predominate cultures of Europe are tremendously ethnic-based. This reality is what the leaders of the European Union must now deal with. As leaders of the EU attempt to construct and maintain complex economic and monetary programs necessary for its survival, they do so by walking an ethnic minefield rich with grumblings promulgated by the New Right. Discontent with the EU arises predominately from the white, northern centers of trade. Economic troubles in Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal have become exhibit “A,” exacting proof by those in the north that membership in the EU must be severed. If the response, however, to this global recession is continued cutbacks, austerity measures, or what have you, especially cuts aimed at those living at the margins: the future of the European Union is in serious doubt.

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