|Peter Herbert, of the Society of Black Lawyers, doesn't like the word 'monkey'.|
On Thursday various British newspapers reported that the manager of the England football team, Roy Hodgson, told a joke (during a team-talk) about monkey astronauts which was deemed offensive by a player or onlooker. The joke itself is clearly not racist in any way. The complainer, therefore, must have deemed the racism to be a consequence of the joke being told in the presence of black or mixed-race players. To put it bluntly, he must have believed that Hodgson meant black person by the word 'monkey'.
What I don't understand is why Roy Hodgson apologised. I've noted this many times before when people who've done nothing wrong nonetheless still feel the need to apologise. No doubt they do so because of the overwhelming pressure they feel from our puritanical guardians – in this case, from professional anti-racists. Yet the joke wasn't racist. It wasn't meant to be racist. And it shouldn't have even been taken as racist.