Red Rick said:
Zinoviev Letter said:
It's quite phenomenal to read Reichenbach should be praised for making it public while first it was not his business and second the two men seem to already had settled it before
Racist abuse in the workplace is everyone's business. If this had been dealt with quietly, a message is sent that it's no big deal and that other people in the future can get away with it. That Moscon's actions have brought public humiliation sends a message that it isn't acceptable and that anyone who wants to do it had better be prepared to be generally thought of as a racist idiot.
+1. Moscon and Reza calling each other names in the heat of the battle and then settling it at the end with a frank talk is fine and it happens everyday. But once you throw a racist insult into it, it becomes bigger. It doesn't need to be overblown, but it's beyond "settle it yourselves guys" territory and calls for a proper sanction. Nothing too crazy, he didn't kill anyone, but an official short suspension by the UCI as well as a hefty fine + the sky team suspension would be all good.
I really think that if they can figure it out between each other, it should be a done deal. Now it's a case where 2 people seemingly figured it out between each other, and it's all blown up only due to media making it bigger than it needs to be.
There's so many similar insults used to refer to people of other groups, or categories of people we identify ourselves as. People get triggered because they're indoctrinated to be triggered.
This is a really shameful attempt at moral equivalence. It's not about being triggered, it's about the weight of history. Racism is not the same as 'similar insults', because it is built on and reinforces centuries of slavery, oppresion and extreme discrimnation. Calling someone another insult or using an adjective in a pejorative way like fat or stupid, or Dutch just isn't comparable, because many millions of people throughout history have not been systematically
subjugated, enslaved and heavily discrimnated against because they are fat or stupid or Dutch.
Racism is a special case because there is a need to right the wrongs of the past, and it has to be treated especialy harshly because racist attitudes and racial discrimination are still all too common in society. You just need to look at the composition of the pro peloton to see that. When someone in the public eye uses racist abuse, then they absolutely should be widely condemned for it and they should be made an example of. And, even if Reza accepts the apology, why should Reichenbach or anyone else who heard it stay quiet if they were deeply offended by their friend being abused?