ROME – Roma footballer Juan Jesus has returned to talk about racism during an interview with Dazn before the match against Atalanta. His statements are reported by the Corriere dello Sport. “I have always been peaceful from this point of view. It doesn't happen often, but someone happened to write offensive comments online, or say something to me. For example, when I go shopping I have to be well dressed otherwise people can only be wary of me because of the color of my skin.
Rome, Juan Jesus on racism: "Here they are afraid of the black man from an early age …".
The Roma player continued by saying: “An example that I remember happened once I took my son swimming. My wife accompanied him to the bathroom to change and I waited outside. A small girl came out, started staring at me and then ran away very scared of me. But I hadn't done anything, I was standing there. Here they have the saying of "the black man", which in Brazil we simply call the man with the sack, who catches children if they don't behave well.
It is a story that many people tell, but in Italy they call this "black man", so children grow up a little with this mentality. I really thank Roma for this position, because they did the right thing to help me. It was not the first time, this boy wrote to me continuously for 2 months using certain words: "You have to die", "You have to go to the zoo". This is why I had to do something together with Roma ”(sources Dazn and Il Corriere dello Sport).
Source: Blitz Quotidiano