by liberal japonicus
I'm following two stories that I will put below the fold, but this is an open thread, so anything else that catches your fancy is welcome as well.
"They really insulted me and damaged my authority. What really hit me and forced me to take this decision was the fact the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty."
which, while a translation of remarks made in Italian, may not be precise, that invocation of 'Anglo-Saxon sense of justice' seems to suggest that Capello had some other issues as well. Anyway, it seems like a fascinating cross-cultural mess, and one that keeps emerging, as the ban of Suaréz suggests. While I don't think that racism has any place anywhere in our modern world, but the thought of accusing someone speaking in Spanish of saying something racial without taking into account various translations, both linguistic and cultural, seemed to be breaking new ground in trying to figure what was racist and what wasn't. I'm not sure what should have happened with Capello, you hire someone to manage, but, as the opinion piece above points out, the current climate is one where Terry remaining captain was not acceptable, and even removing Terry as captain rather than from the team was viewed by many as waffling. Ironically, the departure of Capello has the we need an English manager brigade out in force, which, as the live blog pointed out, are likely not Guardian readers.
The second story is another one with a racial subtext, but more of a feel good story, that of Jeremy Lin. Lin is the fourth Asian-American to play in the NBA, preceeded by Wat Misaka (1947-48), Raymond Townsend, (1978-82) and Rex Walters (1993-2000) and he just had an impressive three game streak. I think that I mentioned him in a comment earlier when he was playing at Golden State, and it's unfortunate they didn't know what they had, as the Sporting News piece points out, playing in a market with a huge Asian population. He they went to Houston, and his last three games has the Houston GM tweeting his regret at cutting Lin.
So that's what I'm thinking about, how about you?