AFCON 2017 Racism between Arabs and Black Africans rears ugly head at football event

At the continental football tournament, racism shows the difference between Arabs and black Africans.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo's midfielder Merveille Bokadi (R) heads the ball with Morocco's forward Aziz Bouhaddouz on January 16, 2017 play

Democratic Republic of the Congo's midfielder Merveille Bokadi (R) heads the ball with Morocco's forward Aziz Bouhaddouz on January 16, 2017

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When you think of the word racism, you think about it in the context of black and white, such as some white people do not like black people.

Slavery, the human rights movement in America and the Black Lives Matter protests has further deepened the belief that racists are predominantly white.

At the 2017 African Cup of Nations currently played in Gabon, another type of racism is rearing its ugly head and unfortunately it is between Africans believe it or not.

The African Cup of Nations most times is a competition of ugly hairstyles and bad football play

The African Cup of Nations most times is a competition of ugly hairstyles and bad football

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Africa is a vast continent predominantly made up of black people. We also have white people, Indians and Arabs. 

African Arabs can be found in Northern Africa. As a matter of fact, the continent is divided into two- North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Tunisia's Youssef Msakni (L) fights for the ball with Senegal's Sadio Mane during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match, in Franceville, on January 15, 2017

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Despite sharing the same continent, some African Arabs do not like black Africans who live in sub-Sahara.

Even in football, this ugly scenario is playing itself out. During AFCON 2017 matches between a North African country and a sub-Saharan African country, fans of both nations have been posting racist tweets. Most of these tweets are from North Africans as observed by Al Jazeera.

 

During matches between North African countries and Sub-Saharan countries such as Tunisia vs Senegal, Algeria vs Zimbabwe, Congo vs Morocco, and Mali vs Egypt, fans of North African teams tweeted racist comments.

Algeria's Islam Slimani (back) challenges Zimbabwe's Elisha Muroiwa during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match, in Franceville, on January 15, 2017 play

Algeria's Islam Slimani (back) challenges Zimbabwe's Elisha Muroiwa during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match, in Franceville, on January 15, 2017

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"Algeria is losing against a team where half of the players have HIV" tweeted an Algerian supporter.

Another Algerian fan tweeted "You bunch of shit*y monkeys" at the players from Zimbabwe.

Although the hate has been live on Twitter, many Africans (both Arabs and blacks) are against the racist comments.

In the game of football, we should do away with racism and enjoy the beautiful game.

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