I was stunned the other day to hear that Scotland Yard, no less, has referred the Terry/Ferdinand name calling incident to the Crown prosecution service! It is alleged that, in the heat of the moment, a puffed up football player called another a nasty name, inserting the guy's colour into the insult. If he had left the descriptive word "black" out it would not have been racist! So, poor behaviour then, & not acceptable from a public figure whilst in public, punishable by his professional body perhaps, but to involve Scotland Yard for name calling??? How out of hand so called racism has become!
When I was a child in the early sixties we were taught that "sticks & stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me", something I still believe today. I had a teddy & a gollywog. I was never told that the gollywog represented black people but if it had been pointed out it would not have mattered - that gollywog was one of my much loved toys & held in high esteem. My parents used to watch the Black & White minstels, a TV show where white folk dressed up as black folk to better emulate the superior singing of black entertainers. I never thought of it as a put down of black guys, just the opposite!
Then things changed. Somebody decided that to have gollywogs was racist & the Robinsons jam trademark & other representations were suddenly unacceptable, thus spoiling many childrens' chances of completing the badge set. When I was told the reason I then began to see black people as the cause of my disappointment - overnight some bleeding heart politically "correct" lame brain turned many small children into budding racists, a process which continues to this day!
It is one sided, this so called racism, there is an association of black policemen, but not an association of white policemen. You have the MOBO awards, but no MOWO awards. I have, on occasion, been insulted (hard to believe, I know) where reference to my colour has been included but never felt the urge to take things further.
I spent a year studying business at a college where I was the only white guy. My Economics professor was Jamaican. If I had a question my hand would go up to be met with " what do you want, honky?" or similar. I had a great time & the name calling was never meant to offend & was never taken as such, although I gave as good as I got. My spoof student president election campaign saw me way ahead in the polls so I can't have got things too wrong!
Nowadays I am even handed & am suspicious of all nationalities & religions & though one should not generalise, I do. I don't like the Irish - my experience is that they are not as hospitable as they like to make out & in the north - well, any nation who can throw nail bombs at their own 5 year old children on their way to school just because they worship in a slightly different way.....
Americans want to rule the world if they knew where it was & act as if their poo doen't stink, Africa is run by corrupt governments who blame the West for stealing the wealth that they did not even know they had, let alone what it could be used for, Western Europe then imposes its own morals & way of life on countries who have always done things differently, thus upsetting the delicate balance of life there. Eastern Europe, home for gangsters who travel. Middle East, busy destroying itself. All religous groups, responsible for causing more wars & the deaths of millions, & that with a THEORY! A paki is a person from Pakistan in the same way that I am a brit, an Australian, an ozzy, but now the abbreviation has become a racist remark.The list goes on...
I've always felt that when referring to someone's colour or feature it is just a way to identify a person in a group. A football team dresses the same but the person in the kit is different. If you don't know their name refer to them by a visible feature, the most obvious being the skin colour.
We are told that one should not generalize, but we still do!
Despite my views I do have friends from all over the world who do not conform to my generalizations & have proved to me that they can think & act intelligently. Some do not see things my way but can accept that I hold that view. We have good discussions & enjoy each others company. They are not fools. I love them all & do not have to watch what I say round them.
I end by including a dictionary definition, as there is bound to be someone out there who will incorrectly call me one, whilst ironically revealing that they themselves qualify!
- a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race.
Feel free to burst my balloon, but keep it nice? And a Happy Christmas to you all.