Scapegoat ( noun ) 1. One that is made to bear the blame for others.
2. ( Biblical) .A live goat over whose head Aaron confessed all the sins of the Sons of Israel on the Day of Atonement . The goat symbolically bearing their sins was then driven into the wilderness to perish.
Scapegoating is the practice of singling out one child, employee, member of a group of peers, ethnic or religious group, or country for unmerited negative treatment or blame.
I was reminded of this definition by recent happenings in the cricket world where members of Pakistan’s national cricket team are alleged to have colluded with gamblers in a match against England. These accusations have caused an uproar among Pakistanis, among the sport’s most rabid fans. Some Pakistani fans in the city of Lahore chose to demonstrate their outrage in a very picturesque way. They dressed up some donkeys as cricketers and pelted them with tomatoes.
Poor things but at least, unlike scapegoats , they survived their ordeal.