Glasgow and Me, Part Nine

Well, it’s not really Glasgow, but it had to be retold anyway. Apparently an alert foot patrolman warned a t-shirt store in Aberdeen that their “A B E” football apparel (“Anyone But England”) was racist, and asked that the ABE shirts be moved out of the front window.
“We’re certainly not being racist. We are the same race as the English. It’s just daft to say it’s offensive.”
Ah, but as we noted yesterday, saying that one didn’t mean to give offense and that someone would be wrong (or “daft”) to take offense don’t ameliorate the problem. On the other hand, I think the proprietor might have a point; there’s something a bit Pythonic about the whole scenario.

2 thoughts on “Glasgow and Me, Part Nine

  1. Yes and no. To have an English accent in a Scots playground is to be bullied, end of.

  2. Ah, the playground — among the cruelest of human fields of conflict. Good point, Rosemary; I hadn’t anticipated that.

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