Don’t cast stones

Just the other day, I was flipping through the channels and happened upon qualifying rounds for the World Cup in soccer, about which I know nothing. But it was the start of the Scotland vs. Slovenia match, and the players were standing on the field with their young admirers, and I was shocked – I mean, shocked – to see all the players standing for their respective national anthems.

 

And get this: They actually sang the words to the songs. I happened on the England vs. Lithuania match, and sure enough, I witnessed the same behavior.

Of course, I thought: Well, these countries must have achieved perfection. There must be no downtrodden, no picked-on “communities,” no social ills or any other flaws worthy of protest. So I did what any inquiring American would do: I Googled them.

In Scotland 82 percent of minorities said they had experienced ethnic discrimination, and 35 percent said racial discrimination was a widespread problem. Those guys should have knelt in shame.

In England, surveys show racial discrimination has risen since 2001, and now 30 percent of the English admit to racial discrimination. Again, why no kneeling? And didn’t the two NFL teams who played a game in London recently stand for the U.K.’s national anthem, God Save the Queen?

Britain is at the height of discrimination when selecting their head of state. Simply put, the next in the hereditary line from the House of Windsor is it – no others need apply. America at least asks the people every four years. I guess those NFL guys don’t Google much.

Not to be discouraged, I kept looking. I found a Harvard University study that showed Lithuania as one of the most racially biased countries in Europe. Man, they had a lot to kneel about during their anthem.

I’m really looking forward to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The podium ceremony for the U.S. should be a real hoot, like musical chairs – everyone running around looking for a chair so they aren’t caught standing. I’m thinking of the parade of nations at the start; the only thing I can suggest for that is they issue U.S. athletes paper bags to cover their heads, so no one will associate them with that awful red, white and blue banner they’re walking behind.

Fortunately we have until 2028 when the Olympics come to Los Angeles, by then I am sure America’s flaws will have all been solved. Is this a great country or what?

Steve Donohue

North Augusta, S.C.

 

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