Outraged by Geoffrey Boycott being made to apologise for black me face remark. It was a joke for goodness sake. If anybody respects West Indian cricketers it’s Sir Geoffrey. How is it our country has come to be overtaken by these po-faced hypocrites so piously scandalised by the slightest word they interpret as racist? Are they bothered by the million children, virtually all non-white, dying of malnutrition every year? Or the women making their cheap clothes for less than a dollar a day, the vast majority non-white? Not a slave’s chain

Bryan Fleak “Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable,” he wrote. “I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly. I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players.”
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· 23 August at 14:29

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Bryan Fleak
Bryan Fleak It wasn’t a joke Tom – it was a comment that he recognises was unacceptable. Oh and you can be a racist from any race Simon. Look at Ron Atkinson to see a similar if much worse remark and similar excuses.
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· 23 August at 14:38 · Edited

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Thomas Jackson
Thomas Jackson Yes but he shouldn’t be under this kind of pressure to be pc. It surely was a joke. He wasn’t proposing to black up his face with boot polish.
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· Reply · 24 August at 09:47

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Bryan Fleak
Bryan Fleak To be PC has become an insult. What it should mean is to avoid offence. He insinuated that he’d have been knighted if he was black. He suggested ‘black-face’ as a solution. I’m sure you know the history of ‘black-face’. A thoughtless remark from someone who should know better – as he has admitted. Something just being a joke isn’t per se an excuse anyway.

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Thomas Jackson
Thomas Jackson I think my real concern Bryan is I believe the world is heading towards an armageddon and people aren’t concerned about it. a lot of this is to do with the legacy of the British Empire. To us it is as remote as 1066. But to many of the people we colonized it still burns on.  History matters.  We’re still sucking wealth out of the tropical world although we don’t now use military force but WTO rules and structural adjustments.  People don’t want to face up to our exploitation of non-white people so instead, as people so often do,  make a big fuss of futile facsimiles of the moral position they should be taking. Do you mind if I put this correspondence on my blog? See more
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· Reply · 25 August at 09:00

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Bryan Fleak
Bryan Fleak Go ahead. I think you’re looking at the big picture though whilst ignoring the effect of the small.

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Thomas Jackson
Thomas Jackson yes you may have a point there Bryan But we are living in the big picture of a globalised world