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Switzerland PC free zone

PC as in politically correct.

This is still a country where the papers are obliviously and without irony writing about the Swiss marathon runners ambition to be the first white guy across the line... I think he will be disappointed there arent any special medals for that category!
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Re: Switzerland PC free zone

There was an excellent discussion on the BBC coverage with Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson and Denise Lewis (all black gold winners) about black sprinters - 82 of the 83 men ever to have broken 10 secs for the 100m are black (bonus points for a google free answer on who the white guy was)

It was good to see the topic able to be discussed in a mature "nature vs nuture" kind of way
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Re: Switzerland PC free zone

Hi there! This may be a weird first post but:

Why would you have to act colorblind in order to be PC?
Its pretty obvious that non-white runners dominate and hes basically
saying that he wants to be able to compete with the best (~=blacks).

Lets say the russians dominate weight-lifting. If you say you want to
be the top-ranked non-russian, is it un-PC?
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Re: Switzerland PC free zone

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Hi there! This may be a weird first post but:

Why would you have to act colorblind in order to be PC?
Its pretty obvious that non-white runners dominate and hes basically
saying that he wants to be able to compete with the best (~=blacks).

Lets say the russians dominate weight-lifting. If you say you want to
be the top-ranked non-russian, is it un-PC?
I just thought it was an interesting insight into the swiss psyche and mentality. Paula Radcliffe who is decidedly white is the womens marathon record holder. Im sure she didnt get there with the ambition of our swiss friend. Then theres the willingness of the Swiss reporter to highlight in the article what is clearly a rather curious view.
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Re: Switzerland PC free zone

in the US people talk about "white" basketball players all the time, just like they still talk about "black" hockey players or "black" lacrosse players. just look at the press coverage Jeremy Lin got for being an Asian player in the NBA.

I guess what I'm saying is that it's not just a Swiss thing.
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Re: Switzerland PC free zone

In the ladies 5K last night the commentators seemed pretty chuffed that Jo Pavey was the first 'european', it still means the same thing as white when put into the context of the race and I think the swiss are probably more honest when they say white.
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Re: Switzerland PC free zone

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Hi there! This may be a weird first post but:

Why would you have to act colorblind in order to be PC?
Its pretty obvious that non-white runners dominate and hes basically
saying that he wants to be able to compete with the best (~=blacks).

Lets say the russians dominate weight-lifting. If you say you want to
be the top-ranked non-russian, is it un-PC?
Don't you understand the difference between nationality and ethnicity?
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Re: Switzerland PC free zone

Your right, my "russian weightlifter"-comparison falls short in that regard.

My main point is: Realizing and stating that the best runners are
predominantly black should not be considered un-PC. There are
different traits in people of different ethnicities and deniying that to me
makes no sense. It only becomes problematic when you consider
people of a certain group as inferior.

I believe that every human has equal worth and should have equal rights
and i cant see how thats violated by a white guy wanting to be "first white guy across the line".
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