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England, Dutch to wear anti-racism uniforms

LONDON (AP) ? England players will wear shirts emblazoned with an anti-racism slogan in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Netherlands in Birmingham.

It will be the first time in 133 years the England team's uniform has carried anything other than the national crest and manufacturer's logo. The Dutch players will wear a black-and-white outfit instead of their usual orange to demonstrate their anti-racist stance.

I'd read in yesterday's USA Today that Portugal would wear a kit similar to the one Holland will wear for their game today against Ireland, but I can't find a link to that. I'm looking forward to this for two obvious reasons: 1) black and white looks good almost all the time by themselves, and 2) it's not black for the sake of black-it's a protest against racism. :)

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Man U and Arsenal did a similar stance last week at Highbury. They both wore a

"Stand Up/Speak Up" logo that was sponsored by Nike. It was hard match but it waasn't because of their color, it was because of the crest on the front of the jersey. Which is how it should be. The FA (England) has done a lot to stop incidents like the ones(Madrid fans insulted several black players on Barca the same week as the England match) from happening and have gone as far as banning some fans for 5 years from attending games.

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Apparently there was a game in France, involving PSG, at the weekend where the teams changed uniforms, one wore white nad one black. Some of the crowds reaction? To monkey chant. Which brings me to my point. All this symbolism is great and all these campaigns give out a strong message, but where is soccer taking action against these small minded diggots? Where are the teams being banned or forced to play games from behind closed doors? Where are the fans being banned from attending games? Pretty much nowhere is the answer.

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I'm kinda suprised to hear that this overt racisim is such a problem in Europe.

Only a few months ago we heard about the Russians throwing Bananas at a black hockey player.

Yea, we have the South, but even there most of the racisim is in underground pockets of retards who think their bad-ass because they got mommy to buy them a Nazi flag.

I really never thought of Europe as a haven for blatent racisim.

This is most definatly interesting.....

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I really never thought of Europe as a haven for blatent racisim.

really?

you just said yourself, nazi flags....... nazi's aren't american :)

anyway, i think this is a great idea. i'm interested in buying one of those wristbands too, that i've seen henry and rio ferdinand wearing.

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I really never thought of Europe as a haven for blatent racisim.

really?

you just said yourself, nazi flags....... nazi's aren't american :)

anyway, i think this is a great idea. i'm interested in buying one of those wristbands too, that i've seen henry and rio ferdinand wearing.

Well, the picture i was fed of moden Europe was of a beautiful, socially progressive culture that treated everyone with grace and love.

But now, you actually read the news articles and you see what the truth is, it is a shock to the system. It's not what you expect.

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It's both.

The biggest difference is that Europe doesn't have political correctness.

Say what you want, but PC keeps a lot of American racism underground. It is no longer acceptible to express such thoughts in public, which I think is a good thing.

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With Nike's involvement in the Stand Up/ Speak Up program, they have created a black and white bracelet similar to the yellow Live Strong bracelet that was popular over the summer.

As mentioned in the previous posts, this has become a very serious problem in Europe.

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Well, the picture i was fed of moden Europe was of a beautiful, socially progressive culture that treated everyone with grace and love.

But now, you actually read the news articles and you see what the truth is, it is a shock to the system. It's not what you expect.

Agreed

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Euope is odd at times, I've found. Yes, most countries on the continent have fairly liberal-minded cultures and governments, but there will always be a small (but occasionally vocal) minority of biggots who tend to tarnish the bunch. I'd say that in many ways, racism isn't just accepted at times, but rather it's almost ingrained into people's minds. In Scotland it's perfectly acceptable to order some food from the "Chinky", or walk down to the "Pakky Shop" for some bread. As an outsider coming to a country where this sort of talk is blatant and accepted was no less than a shock. Now most of that is harmless for the most part, after all, people still readily order out Chinese food from the "Chinky" and will pick up some fizzy juice as well as bread when they're at the "Pakky Shop", so it's not like anything is meant as a slur anymore.

However, I still remember the great scrap of '03 I got into at work after a group of local holligans called my friend a co-worker a rather insulting name towards his heritage (he's Pakistani). I couldn't quite understand how anyone could come straight out and say something so terrible about a person's ethinicity.

The last laugh was on them though. They didn't anticipate that I would jump the counter and hospitalise their ringleader. :P

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I'm kinda suprised to hear that this overt racisim is such a problem in Europe.

I really never thought of Europe as a haven for blatent racisim.

This is most definatly interesting.....

French are extremely racist and colonial (generally speaking)

Ask any Middle-Eastern living in Paris, they seem to especailly have a thing against the high number of Algerians in Paris for examples...

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The cruxt of the problem seems to be similar to what we see here in south Texas. folks figure that if they aren't speaking the local language that they are outsiders and especially in places like southern Spain, Holland, and parts of France, illegally entering the country. Unfortunately it's tossed on the entire population group. Of course a British comedy show made light of it when a white gentleman tried to tell a group of Indians that they couldn't become members. Finally he blurts out, "We don't allow Paki's!", to which the gentleman say, that's our kind of club!. Quite sad that it got a giggle. France is less racist and more socialist. The government has basically taken the role of cutting out all religion, even Catholicism, out of public life. I was disappointed with what happened in Spain. I spent a month in Barcelona and found the people there to be a lot more sociable then in most of the U.S.

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The cruxt of the problem seems to be similar to what we see here in south Texas. folks figure that if they aren't speaking the local language that they are outsiders and illegally entering the country.

so if youre not speaking spanish, youre an outsider? :D

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Ask any black guy in Britain about racism. It is getting somewhat better, but it happens. And don't forget Europe was the continent on which the Holocaust happened. Racism is worst in areas where there is only a small or non existent minority population, particularly Eastern Europe. But its also prevalent amongst lower class comunities.

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