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Friday, October 21, 2005

'Bling' ban bullshit!

This is just ridiculous. How can a ban on unnecessary jewellery be racist? Why would a sportsman consider his employers request to dress more conservatively and sensibly be construed as racist? Easy, when it's a word bandied around so easily. This kind of idiotic situation is the very thing that racists seize upon and say 'this is just PC madness' to justify their sickening agendas.

American basketball players have attacked as racist a new dress code imposed by national league officials that bans "bling" jewellery and baggy clothes.

The National Basketball Association requires players to wear "business-casual" attire when involved in all activities relating to their team or the league. The chunky chains, pendants and medallions beloved by many are banned, as are sunglasses worn indoors, headphones, flip flops and "headgear of any kind".

Players can wear "neat" warm-up wear on flights to games, but T-shirts, vintage team jerseys, shorts and trainers are out.

Stephen Jackson, a young black player for the Indiana Pacers, staged a visible protest by arriving for an exhibition game against San Antonio, Texas, dripping with four hefty chains.

Comments on "'Bling' ban bullshit!"


Anonymous aridog said ... (6:45 PM) : 

In the US of A you are "racist" if you suggest anyone do anything they don't want to do. Someone wants to pay me multiple millions to play a game, I'll dress as Little Lord Fauntleroy and skip to the Gym, if they want... you damn bet.


Blogger Dave said ... (7:12 PM) : 

Snap! At what point do people who are taking a million dollar wage think they're bigger than the people actully paying their wages? The first cheque usually.

My bugbear with this, and it's a big one. Is that claims of 'racism' here merely deflect away from real racism happening daily to your average Joe and he has neither the money or the power to do anything about it.


Anonymous aridog said ... (7:21 PM) : 

Follow the money, as you said. There are plenty of people to take advantage of their own people by continuing the racism cash cow. Real racisim, reflected in subtle ways, and some not so subtle (we had a cross buring near here not long ago for example) is seldom addressed. It is discouraging to have lived throught he 50's and 60's and witnessed progress, but not near enough, no where's near enough. Avoidance of responsibility is one aspect. Denial is another. It seems like for each two steps forward, we take one step back, if we are lucky.


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