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The Local 17.10.2011 11:22

The parents of children who attend a primary school in Valais in southern Switzerland have complained over the use of a game entitled "Who's afraid of the black man?", a hide-and-seek game they argue is 'racist".

Read the full article: Parents slam school over 'racist' game

Sagitta 17.10.2011 13:08

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"The Bogeyman is known as Der schwarze Mann (the black man). "Schwarz" does not refer to the colour of his skin (most Germans had never met a real black person during the time these legends developed) but to his preference for hiding in dark places, like the closet, under the bed of children or in forests at night. There is also an active game for little children which is called Wer hat Angst vorm schwarzen Mann? (Who is afraid of the black man?) or an old traditional folk song Es tanzt ein Bi-Ba-Butzemann in unserm Haus herum (A Bi-Ba-Bogeyman dances around in our house)". (Wikipedia)

However, in modern times the title of the game should be changed, I think.

The_Love_Doctor 17.10.2011 13:10

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YAWN!

Still not gonna click on your link! :rolleyes:

17.10.2011 13:12

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I don't think it should be changed. I remember how irritated I was when my Niece didn't learn Baa Baa Black Sheep but Baa Baa Happy sheep at Nursery.

And how frustrated teachers were when they had to call it a chalk board rather than a black board. Or a marker board instead of a white board.

Sagitta 17.10.2011 13:14

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Originally Posted by porsch1909 (Post 1378972)
I don't think it should be changed. I remember how irritated I was when my Niece didn't learn Baa Baa Black Sheep but Baa Baa Happy sheep at Nursery.

And how frustrated teachers were when they had to call it a chalk board rather than a black board. Or a marker board instead of a white board.

In your examples I wouldn't change anything, either. That's just insane.

The_Love_Doctor 17.10.2011 13:19

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Originally Posted by Sagitta (Post 1378976)
In your examples I wouldn't change anything, either. That's just insane.

Change you say...


Guest 17.10.2011 13:24

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Is there really any point in groaning a news bot (even if it does have some shadowy person behind it)? Or thanking it, or giving it rep, either?

Seems strange to me. All it's doing is delivering (what it thinks is) news, without comment or opinion.

Huh. Maybe it's just me.

Back on topic, I'm with Porsch. Can't stand all this PC crap.

phdoofus 17.10.2011 13:28

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Is there really any point in groaning a news bot (even if it does have some shadowy person behind it)? Or thanking it, or giving it rep, either?
If only they would concentrate on real examples....

Guest 17.10.2011 13:30

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Maybe if we all ignore it, it'll go away?

Nah, didn't think so.

bigblue2 17.10.2011 13:31

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Quote:

Is there really any point in groaning a news bot (even if it does have some shadowy person behind it)? Or thanking it, or giving it rep, either?

Seems strange to me. All it's doing is delivering (what it thinks is) news, without comment or opinion.

Huh. Maybe it's just me.

Back on topic, I'm with Porsch. Can't stand all this PC crap.

but its not a bot is it?? someone is taking the time and effort to stick this 'news' on the local's site, then running something to put a thread on here, and frankly they are picking shit news 'stories' we have enough one hit wonder newbies re-posting all manor of racist news stories without the owners of this forum starting at it as well

seriously (not that the owners are taking any notice at all) stop these 'news' threads.

17.10.2011 13:33

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Quote:

Is there really any point in groaning a news bot (even if it does have some shadowy person behind it)? Or thanking it, or giving it rep, either?

Seems strange to me. All it's doing is delivering (what it thinks is) news, without comment or opinion.

Huh. Maybe it's just me.

Back on topic, I'm with Porsch. Can't stand all this PC crap.
Of course you're with me. We are like two peas in a pod.

Guest 17.10.2011 13:37

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Originally Posted by porsch1909 (Post 1379000)
Of course you're with me. We are like two peas in a pod.

'Course we are. I mean, 22 is half the square root of 1909, after rounding.

mirfield 17.10.2011 13:37

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Originally Posted by bigblue2 (Post 1378996)
seriously (not that the owners are taking any notice at all) stop these 'news' threads.

Just put the "Swiss news via The Local" forum on ignore if you don't like it.


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17.10.2011 13:40

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'Course we are. I mean, 22 is half the square root of 1909, after rounding.
Cyber high 5!

Guest 17.10.2011 13:44

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Guest 17.10.2011 14:01

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Originally Posted by The Local (Post 1378927)
The parents of children who attend a primary school in Valais in southern Switzerland have complained over the use of a game entitled "Who's afraid of the black man?", a hide-and-seek game they argue is 'racist".

Read the full article: Parents slam school over 'racist' game

Sorry, but the headline should read "Bored parents find something juicy to get all offended and start a "campaign" about."

It's a long stretch between the cake stall in the summer and the Christmas concert in a couple of months. Guess they've got to fill their time with something that gives them an excuse to tittle tattle down at Starbucks. :rolleyes:

amogles 17.10.2011 14:02

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Quote:

Is there really any point in groaning a news bot (even if it does have some shadowy person behind it)? Or thanking it, or giving it rep, either?

Seems strange to me. All it's doing is delivering (what it thinks is) news, without comment or opinion.
This is a forum, not a newsfeed. People who just post links but otherwise don't contribute to the forum are spammers IMHO and deserve bad rep and groans. If somebody posted lots of links to Viagra trading sites, that person would be banned pretty quickly and the posts deleted. But just because The Local is somehow connected to the EF different rules seem to apply.

MacGregor's Daughter 17.10.2011 14:48

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Originally Posted by porsch1909 (Post 1378972)
I don't think it should be changed. I remember how irritated I was when my Niece didn't learn Baa Baa Black Sheep but Baa Baa Happy sheep at Nursery.

And how frustrated teachers were when they had to call it a chalk board rather than a black board. Or a marker board instead of a white board.

Whatever is this world coming to?

Anthony1406 17.10.2011 14:56

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Originally Posted by amogles (Post 1379041)
This is a forum, not a newsfeed. People who just post links but otherwise don't contribute to the forum are spammers IMHO and deserve bad rep and groans. If somebody posted lots of links to Viagra trading sites, that person would be banned pretty quickly and the posts deleted. But just because The Local is somehow connected to the EF different rules seem to apply.


I like it, otherwise some interesting things would be missed by myself....

Assassin 17.10.2011 14:56

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How would you like your coffee?

Not quite the darkest shade possible or maybe with a hint of lighter pastels?

Political correctness my ass. I'll call a spade a shovel and my pointy hat is just for decoration to scare the "Trick or Treaters" at Halloween.:confused:


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