Hayley is a Ghost

I’m going to discriminate against you ‘cos you dissed me.

Posted on: May 19, 2010

I logged onto facebook this morning to find several of my friends has this little gem as their status:

POLICE R GOING AROUND PUBS & CLUBS SAYINGTHAT WE CANT WEAR OUR ENGLAND TOPS 4 THE FOOTIE & GOTTA TAKE THEFLAGS DOWN AS IT IS UPSETTING THE PPL THAT DONT COME FROM HERE!! NOW IM NOT RACIST, BUT THIS IS TAKING THE PISS! THIS IS OUR COUNTRY & WE NEED 2 MAKE A STAND IF U/THEY DONT LIKE IT GO AWAY! WOULD U REMOVE UR TURBAN & BURKHA BECAUSE IT UPSETS ME, IF U AGREE POST THIS AS UR STATUS

How can you tell when you might be about to say something racist? When you start your sentence with “I’m not racist, but…”

I didn’t accidentally hit caps lock, and I’m not making this up and it’s not the first I have heard of this ban on showing support for England during the upcoming world cup because late last week my brother came home from college and mentioned how he had been told about this. I called it bullshit when he told me and explained how it could simply be someone, somewhere trying to stir up racial tensions.

I was pretty surprised though to see some of my friends demanding that if they have to remove their England shirts and flags then Muslims everywhere should remove their turbans and burkha too. I can’t help but wonder if these people have thought about what they are saying and suggesting and I’m pretty shocked and dismayed that people I call my friends feel it is okay to respond to possible racism in the form of “no flags, no shirts” with their own racism.

My mum taught me from an early age that ‘two wrongs don’t don’t make a right’ and it’s one of those cheesy little sayings that I have carried with me throughout my entire life and always will because it is so glaringly obviously right.

Upon hearing of this ban I wondered if it could be true, and if it was why I hadn’t heard about it through the media. Being English I will be supporting England with everyone else when the World cup starts. I even recently helped find out the St Georges cross flags that we hang up for the world cup each time it comes around.

However, I had my doubts about this supposed ban due to offended immigrants and so I did a bit of digging on this story that shirts and flags are going to be banned because they offend immigrants to the UK and all I could find was this:

LONDON – England shirts could be banned at pubs screening live World Cup matches.

Killjoy British cops have urged landlords to bar anyone wearing a Three Lions top, as they want to avoid a repeat of the violence that has marred previous events, particularly if England lose, The Sun reports.

“We often hear of a loss of pride in Britain, now cops want to ban the England shirt. It’s like saying anyone who wears one is a yob,” said a fan.

The advice comes in a letter from the Metropolitan Police to pubs in Croydon, South London. Among World Cup guidance, it suggests “dress code restrictions – example no football shirts”. It also urges using plastic glasses and door staff.

Pubs are not obliged to follow the advice, but it warns: “Police will not hesitate to use powers under the Licensing Act should we find you are not actively supporting the prevention of crime.” (ANI)

This was from ‘The Sun’ and somehow, from being about violence that we KNOW is a problem this whole story had been twisted to be about cultural differences. Again.

I get sick and tired of people demanding people conform to “the Brisitsh way” because I am 100% British and I certainly don’t live by that principle because I like this diverse country. 

To demand that turbans and burkha be removed is actually just childish and bit biggoted. Especially when you consider that not all immigrants wear turbans and burkhas. What an ignorant stance to take on immigration. A person only wears a turban or burkha when their religion demands it (which is terribly oppressive and something I don’t like) or if they choose to do so and it really annoys me that people have just jumped on the racism bandwaggon with this rather than taking two minutes to do a bit of digging.

What a shame.

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10 Responses to "I’m going to discriminate against you ‘cos you dissed me."

“it really annoys me that people have just jumped on the racism bandwaggon with this rather than taking two minutes to do a bit of digging.”

Hayley,

That’s because most people are stupid and/or lazy, and believe anything they read in the media.

Yes, but that isn’t an excuse 🙂

You have hit the nail on the head here i reckon. I also have a few friends moaning about all this which is so so childish. I don’t follow football so i don’t care either way to be honest. I’m just sick of hearing people moan like even at work customers come in moaning too. Arghhh make them shush please.

Just checked. Not a single one of my friends posted this. Shame; I was just in the mood for a good argument.

Pardon my ignorance, being from Australia and not well-travelled, but if ppl can’t show some pride in their country’s sporting team in a good-natured way without causing trouble I’m not surprised they are stupid enough to equate the tribalism of sport with the tribalism of religion.

What a sad state of affairs….

“the tribalism of sport with the tribalism of religion”

Actually, there’s not much difference between the two, if you think it through.

So, do you approve of banning fans from wearing shirts ‘cos a few of them get violent?

If so, then you can understand the logic behind what Mr Caps Lock said.

Personally, I think banning anything is pretty fucking weak.

Essentially it is up to the premesis what the dress code is. A lot of places don’t let you in if you’re wearing trainers or jeans.
Not that I’m saying this is equal to the football shirt “ban” of course.
I just think that as it was a guide to premesis owners it was their call and they’re within their right to say no to certain dress codes if they think trouble is going to occur. Afterall, it’s their business and their license on the line if trouble does occur.

It’s sad that lots of people would not be allowed to wear their shirt because of a small minority, but I can see how such a dress code would be justified.

However, Mr Caps locks was not right at all, this had nothing to do with religion or immigrants feeling uncomfortable with people wearing their shirts.

If the owners disallowed burqa-wearers into their establishment, would you back that?

It depends on why really. If it was because there had been an increase in crime conducted by people disguised in burqas then maybe.
However, if it was just because they were biggoted then no.

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Hayley is a ghost

Hayley Stevens is an advocate for science-based research into seemingly paranormal experiences and occurrences. With a background in the pseudo-scientific research into ghosts, Hayley offers a unique insight into the strange world of ghost hunting through her experience.

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