Media tricks on Bundeswehr racism story?
Posted by Ron Coleman on April 15, 2007
The race card keeps playing itself this week. Here’s a very compelling story here about the way today’s German army, the product of a generation of attempted racial culling followed by a generation of apologizing about it, trains its recruits. Naturally, Al Sharpton is on the case, by the way. Now there’s a juxtaposition you have to enjoy. This, however, is not funny:
A German army instructor ordered a soldier to envision himself in New York City facing hostile blacks while firing his machine gun, a video that aired Saturday on national television showed.
Bad enough! Here’s what I found odd, though, in the AP reporting:
The clip shows an instructor and a soldier in camouflage uniforms in a forest. The instructor tells the soldier, “You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways. … Act.”
“African Americans”? That is a pretty unlikely translation under the circumstances! Well, here’s the video.
Guess what. Your German doesn’t have to be so good: That’s exactly what he said! “African Americans”! Yes, the NCO did say schwarz — black — before that, but he was referring to the color of the van, not the occupants. Politically correct racism? Maybe only in Germany.
I am having trouble keeping track of the “rules” and the attitudes in play here. Am I the only one?
Happy 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in (free) Brooklyn.
UPDATE: Similar thoughts, only a few days later.