Remembrance: November 11th

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The Chairman of the English Football Association has had to resign due to his usage of the word ‘coloured’ in describing black players. He had to go, as, at that level and salary, you should be inclusive in every way. He was being questioned on other matters and was picked up on his use of a derogatory term. He did apologise immediately, but it’s not good enough.

There was a two-minute silence at the eleventh hour on this the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I consulted the internet for two pieces of information that I should know. One was why the term ‘coloured’ is derogatory nowadays. The South African apartheid system comes to my mind but not the Southern USA. I suppose because we, in this country, have heard so much about South Africa. And yet, why don’t films such as ‘Green Book’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ which cover the Jim Crow laws not make a greater impact on me? I needed to know how to deal with someone who says the use of the word ‘coloured’ is not so bad

The other thing I did not know is that the grave of the unknown soldier is in Westminster Abbey. When I was young, I had a vague notion that someone was buried under the Cenotaph in George Square. I now know that’s not true.


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