Marcus Rashford responds to the vile racial abuse he received, ‘Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud
that I am’- Marcus Rashford speaks out after receiving racist abuse on social media
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has responded to the vile racial abuse he received on social media
by insisting he will not give trolls the ‘strong reaction’ they are looking for.
The United striker was abused following his side’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday with users posting monkey
emojis while one told him to ‘go back to the zoo’.
The 23-year-old is the latest footballer to be targeted after his team-mates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial
suffered abuse earlier this week. Chelsea’s Reece James and West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers also received racist
insults on social media.
This week, Manchester United called for social media companies to improve their monitoring of social media
abuse after racists abused Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial in the wake of the team’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield
United in midweek.
Chelsea defender, Reece James also posted screenshots of abuse he received on Instagram, leading to his club
releasing a statement condemning the attacks.
Marcus Rashford, MBE, 24, took to Twitter on Saturday night after his side’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal to blast
those who have targeted him, saying he will not dignify them by posting their racist comments online.
“Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes, I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no
one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re
just simply not going to get it here,” he wrote.
“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original
in them. I have beautiful children of all colors following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours
that should only be celebrated.”