“We’re not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition,” Zenit fan club Landscrona said in a letter, called the “Selection 12 manifesto”, posted on its website on Monday.
The fans said they want more home-grown or European players in the team. “We only want players from other brotherly Slav nations, such as Ukraine and Belarus as well as from the Baltic states and Scandinavia. We have the same mentality and historical and cultural background as these nations,” the letter said.
“Culturally, [Obama] will have to demonstrate that even though he comes from an unusual background, he is a fervent believer in the old-fashioned bourgeois virtues: order, self-discipline, punctuality and personal responsibility.”
All right, then: This sentence is either frankly racist or frankly forgiving of racism. This sentence would never have been written about a white politician. This sentence makes accusations, implicit and explicit, against the President of the United States of America that have nothing to do with anything he’s done and everything to do with who many white Americans think he is. Has there been any indication that Barack Obama does not believe in the “old-fashioned bourgeois virtues?” Has the man been anything but bourgeois to a fault? Has he not believed in “order” so deeply he’s sacrificed his presidency to its maintenance? Has he not been so “self-disciplined” that he’s regularly accused of being robotic? Let’s leave aside the inflammatory rhetoric of “personal responsibility”: Has Barack Obama ever been accused of being late? And if not, where the hell does “punctuality” come from?
With the bonfire of controversy over its anti-illegal immigration law still burning strong, Arizona got more tinder going on another controversy Tuesday when Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a ban on ethnic studies in the state’s schools.
The legislation was specifically targeted at high schools in the Tucson Unified School District with courses in Mexican American studies. Critics of those courses said they were used by activists in Tuscon to incite hatred, particularly of whites. A fact sheet for House Bill 2282 gives the purpose of the bill thusly:
“Prohibits public schools from including courses or classes, which promote the overthrow of the U.S. government or resentment towards a race or class of people, and specifies rules pertaining to pupil disciplinary proceedings are not to be based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry.”
The law has certain exceptions, such as for native Americans, for instance.