He tries again, and is pushed again. The video then cuts and starts back up, closer. By now, the men on the train are chanting their weirdly self-aware song. An older black woman is standing on the platform, watching them. As the doors begin to shut, a young black women steps out of the bullying throng and walks away.

Perhaps this is the last gasp of a racism trying to sustain itself, but turning inward, becoming more about identity than about fear of ‘the other.’ Perhaps that’s wishful thinking. The world of sport will be quick to condemn. Chelsea itself called the behavior “abhorrent“. And the number of times the video has been shared is—hopefully—a sign that more people find this behavior shocking than ever before.

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