An episode after the German Cup final last May brought attitudes towards racism into sharp focus for Boateng.
Boateng joined the new FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination shortly after but has now told ESPN FC's James Horncastle the group didn't talk to him for very long and it all amounted to nothing: "I had three or four ideas.
Kevin-Prince Boateng believes soccer needs a Colin Kaepernick figure to strengthen the fight against racism
.@KPBofficial has been vocal on racism in soccer for yrs (he has big respect for @Kaepernick7). The only thing that’s changed is that racism is more hidden...but its still there.” Stay #Undefeated, Kevin. Story by @ESPNFC’s @JamesHorncastle
Despite that, Boateng has no plans on stopping his fight against racism.
SASSUOLO, Italy -- It has been almost six years since Kevin-Prince Boateng made the decision to walk off the pitch, followed in solidarity by his AC Milan teammates, in protest at the racist abuse he, M'Baye Niang, Urby Emanuelson and Sulley Muntari were subjected to during a friendly against Pro Patria.
No action was taken by Serie A's sporting judge on the basis that the 10 people chanting would not have been heard were it not for a silent protest; the official match report said that "approximately 10 people" were involved, and according to league guidelines, it didn't meet the threshold for sanctions.
Just days after sitting down with Boateng, The New York Times ran a story about Kerfalla Sissoko, an amateur soccer player from Guinea playing in France who was racially abused in May and given a 10-match ban, the same suspension as the perpetrators, after a brawl broke out in which, according to spectators, he and the team's other black players were assaulted by their opponents, leaving him beaten and with severe post-traumatic stress disorder -- depressing stuff at a time when society seems more divided and less tolerant than in a long time.
Spoke to @KPBofficial for @ESPNFC | Almost 6 years on from walking off the pitch after suffering racist abuse, he says: Nothing changed. Its just Champions League. Say No to Racism. Thats it.”
Boateng also talked about the racism you can see on the German streets: "When you go to Germany, you see the people go on the street.
Since Kevin-Prince Boateng led Milan players off the pitch, mid-game, after suffering racial abuse he has presented his thoughts and plans to FIFA, UEFA and the United Nations. But it’s clear that he’s frustrated at how nothing has changed. 📝 EXCLUSIVE:
play2:38 Kevin-Prince Boateng: Kaepernick is like Muhammad Ali Sassuolo's Kevin-Prince Boateng says it takes big names like Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and others to take action against racism for there to be change.