Vinicius responds to the racist remarks made about him: I won’t stop dancing

Vinicius Junior is already a superstar, and the Brazilian’s success appears to be something that is hard for certain people to swallow. More than being a brilliant player, though, the 22-year-old has shown himself to be a great person and one with a lot of maturity.

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Becoming the victim of racist and xenophobic comments this week, Vini has responded with some words of his own after the likes of Neymar, Raphinha and even Pele jumped to his defence.

On social media, Vinicius posted a video addressing the situation from his perspective.?

Vinicius: I won’t stop dancing??

“As long as the colour of the skin is more important than the brightness of the eyes, there will be war,” Vinicius began.

“I have that phrase tattooed on my body. I have that thought permanently in my head. That is the attitude and the philosophy that I try to put into practice in my life. They say that happiness bothers. The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more.

“But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that. You can’t even imagine it. I was a victim of xenophobia and racism in a single statement. But none of that started yesterday

“Weeks ago they began to criminalise my dances. Dances that are not mine. They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, Paqueta, Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha… they belong to Brazilian funk and samba artists, reggaeton singers, and black Americans. They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it, respect it. I’m not going to stop.

“I come from a country where poverty is very great, where people have no access to education… and in many cases, no food on the table! I don’t usually come publicly to refute criticism. They attack me and I don’t speak. They praise me and I don’t speak either. I work! I work a lot.

“On and off the field. I have developed an application to help the education of children in public schools without financial help from anyone. I am making a school with my name. I will do much more for education. I want the next generations to be prepared, like me, to fight against racists and xenophobes.

“I always try to be a professional and an exemplary citizen. But that doesn’t click, it’s not trending on the internet, nor does it motivate cowards to talk aggressively about people they don’t even know.

“The script always ends with an apology and ‘I’ve been misunderstood’. But I repeat it for you, racist: I will not stop dancing. Whether at the Sambadrome, at the Bernabeu or wherever.

“With the love and smiles of someone who is very happy, Vinir Jr.”