The last three weeks have yet again sparked controversy on social media after the European continent yet again demonstrated that they remain the queens of racial discrimination.
It started with Chelsea’s rising star Tammy Abraham when the teenager lost the last post-match penalty kick to give Liverpool the Champions League Super Cup after a 2-2 draw.
Tammy was subjected to racial abuses from online bullies, a phenomena that didn’t ogre well with the Chelsea Football Club management.
Days later, Manchester United’s World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba lost a spot-kick in regular time against Wolverhampton and the French was not spared of his skin colour after the game ended 1-1.
During the past weekend, two incidences again happened and this time, it was former United striker Romelu Lukaku who scored a winning penalty for his new club Inter-Milan against Cagliari. Inter won the match 2-1.
Back at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma scored an own-goal in the dying minutes to let newbies Sheffield Wednesday snatch a surprise 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
The camera lenses captured a dejected Zouma covering his face with his right hand apparently in preparations for his then impending bashing by the online racists. He was not spared.
Families of these players are as well affected as these are loving dads, husbands and sons to human beings with feelings.
You may never have met them in person nor asked for their help but will pounce on your throat torturing you on online platforms.
Even as the world celebrates the online technology which has eased communication, not everyone has embraced the online engagement in relation to one’s experience.
And in this whole bullshit, women are also victimized. Janet Mohammed* (not her real name) fell victim to online bullying in 2013 when she attempted vying for an elective seat in Western Kenya.
According to Janet*, her only sin was trying to vie. Just that. Her opponents hired online goons that roasted her alive, photo-shopping her in intimate photos with a tycoon she claims had never met in real life.
“I was abused of my genitals, my innocent children were attacked and my entire family was traumatized to the bones,” Janet tells this writer in an exclusive interview at her new home in Trans Nzoia County.
Some even cartooned my genitals to look like ballot boxes where rejected votes are dumped, just imagine!”When her husband passed away in 2017 after a cardiac arrest, Ms Carolyne Buyela says she was subjected to embarrassing torments on social media platforms in Bungoma County, Western Kenya.
“I was subjected to terrible bullying on social media platforms with the attackers crafting unsubstantiated propaganda without even bothering about the respect of my little children and family at large,” narrates Ms Buyela who is currently the Special Programs Advisor in Bungoma County.
So much her tormenting was that her own brother Walter Musungu quit online platforms to avoid any further torture of seeing his loved sister harassed on social media.
“In fact, my brother Walter Musungu quit social media due to the experience. I asked myself if my elder brother can be that traumatized, what about my children?” See her video below:
“Musungu was not only a special brother but also a protector to all this entire neighbourhood,” Buyela said in her tribute speech during his burial the past weekend.
But unlike Carolyne who as manged to bounce back to life as well as Tammy Abraham who has silenced his tormentors by scoring in every match since that attack, thousands others succumb to pressure and even commit suicide, leaving their families with nothing else but to let go their loved ones.