Thursday, December 20, 2012

Aatish Taseer On Football Forums

"It was not just disgust at their hatred for the Jews and Israel, but at the smallness of my father's world, the homogeneity of the place, in which people voiced ugly opinions without challenge: a safe area for casual hatred"-

Aatish Taseer, 'Stranger to History', p. 309. Mr. Taseer is a very fine writer whose work I feel I am in some way cheapening by quoting it in the context in which I have; yet his phrase 'a safe area for casual hatred' really is just about the only form of words capable of properly describing those spaces in which truly unspeakable things are written in Scotland every day under the guise of discussion of football. 

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