standing on one leg
wha yu mean
when yu say half-caste
Those are the opening six lines of Guyanan poet John Agard’s ‘Half Caste’. In that poem, Agard pours scorn on those in society who refer to mixed race in terms of a person being ‘half-caste’. He jokingly makes a serious point that no one looks at the sky and sees a combination of blue sky and clouds and calls it a half-caste weather.
He then goes on to provide other examples where the term half caste doesn’t apply when looking at everyday things. His point, well it is in the ‘looking’ where people often make their decisions and unleash their preconceptions.
Being able to see is, of course, of paramount importance to humans. It allows us to navigate ourselves through life with a degree of safety and certainty. It allows us to enjoy beautiful sunrises and majestic sunsets; glorious storms and all manner of other elements of the world around us.
Of the senses, it is probably THE MOST primary way of interacting with our world. To be blind, in a way, is to be robbed of a slab of appreciation of just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful world.
Of course, it goes without saying, that even in the most beautiful of worlds that there is a tinge, taint, or smear of ugliness. That ugliness is there for all to see – unless you work for the FA, unless you work for the FA.
You see, the FA is the archetypal ‘kingdom of the blind.’ In this said kingdom, there’s a total lack of ocular functioning – or so it seems. Well, there is when it comes to matters pertaining to Leeds United or so it seems.
Only yesterday did the wonderfully glaucomic members of an FA committee decide that there was insufficiently clear evidence to charge Brentford’s Sergi Canos with a headbutt on Leeds United winger Gjanni Alioski after he’d gone to reclaim the ball from the Brentford dugout. This was despite VERY clear video evidence showing said headbutt attempt and despite it marrying up with their own regulations on violent conduct.
Nope, sorry, we can’t agree they say so we aren’t going to charge Mr Canos. Fair do, if it is a fair do that is. There’s anecdotal evidence that when one sense wanes, that the others heighten to compensate and one seems to top out all prime. For example, someone who’s blind might have keener hearing prowess or a more acute sense of smell.
That’s the case at the FA. Whilst they fail to spot the on-camera headbutt from Brentford’s Canos, they have asked to hear any “observations” that Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson might have after he called referee Jeremy Simpson’s performance against Brentford a “robbery.”
John Agard ends his poem ‘Half Caste’ with a plea of:
but yu come back tomorrow
wid de whole of yu eye
an de whole of yu ear
and de whole of yu mind
an I will tell yu
de other half
of my story
However, in the FA land of the blind it seems that part of that message will fall on those devoid of sight.
Yet, in this land of the blind, it appears, the one-eared man is king and he’s getting his lugs tuned in to listen to the other half of Pontus Jansson’s story.