16WadeSt spotted a pair of Ghana supporters in Harvard Square yesterday. Nathanael Hevelone photographed some happy Ghana fans at Lir on Boylston Street after yesterday's USA/Ghana match.
Top photo copyright 16Wade St. Bottom photo posted under this Creative Commons license. Both posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
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I don't have to listen to that annoying vuvuzuela anymore on TV.
Its like there was a rule, give up a early goal. Sort of like England
insists on having a crap goaltender.
I just met up with an Englander, to watch the Germany match. He picked
"The Greatest Bar" on Friend St. Poor choice, he was outnumbered by
German supporters thirty to one.
So is there a recommended Boston locale to watch the world cup final?
...for sure. But as this link shows, some people have decided to turns lemons into lemonade:
Don't let the German put you off... ;-)
These are the same kind of people who loved France when they wouldn't invade Iraq to protect the world from WMD, who refused to call french fries freedom fries, who refused to drink California wine instead of wine imported from France, indeed in the with us or against us paradigm, they're against us. Why do they hate Landon Donovan?
I didn't get the impression they were cheering against the US to be contrary - they were excitedly rooting for Ghana.
a tie, no doubt. ;-P
The World Cup allows ties in the group stage, but the World Cup has advanced to the knockout round which behaves like the sort of tournaments we Americans are accustomed to, and ties are settled by "extra time" (which happened) followed by a shootout (which did not happen).
Let me guess, because they're not black, you assume they can't possibly be from Africa right?
Protip: All of Africa was cheering for Ghana as their final representative.
I watched the US-Ghana game in a sports bar near North Station with a group of recently-graduated middle schoolers including a boy from Ghana. He was cheering for his team, not obnoxiously in any way. He was the only black person in the bar. During half-time, a white adult man came over and started berating him for cheering for Ghana, telling him he was upsetting other people, etc. Needless to say, this person's nasty immaturity almost wrecked the afternoon for all of us - and made me want to cheer for Ghana as loud as I could (but I didn't, because I was one of the adults at our table and didn't want to set a bad example by being provocative...) Certainly,it made this child very uncomfortable, though he responded to the experience with good grace. The only plus was that it provided an opportunity for me to talk to my child about racism in Boston and why this city has such a bad reputation among people of color (and it took some of the sting out the US loss - much deserved, IMHO, as they were vastly outplayed by Ghana, especially on defense - since we at least got the chance to gloat at the disappointment of some of the US fans in that particular location.)
It's terrible that an idiot did that to a child but, I'm sorry, you're an idiot too for using that moment to lump in everyone in the city with that one jerk. Prejudice runs on both sides, my friend.
I am not sure if it was racism as much as a drunk pushy white guy. I am sure he would have done the same thing if it where France/England/Germany/Canada etc. I am also sure if some middle school aged kid was in Ghana chairing for the USA some drunk guy from Ghana would have come over and done the same thing to him. Either way it is incredibly rude and adults should know better. He is also the same guy that would tell a kid rooting for the Yankees to shut up I am sure. I think we toss around the word racist when sometimes we mean "jerk" or "asshole"
Honest question. Are you uncomfortable with the fact that there could well be racism at play here?
Do you not live in the same area where I live? The land of Yankees suck being chanted at any event that involves sports having even been known to be chanted at musical events that happen to be in stadiums. An area that gets a little too into its sports in a country that gets a little too into their flag? I have seen people tell Italians to stop rooting for Italy in the World Cup, I have seen little children get into fist fights in the school yard over the COLOR of the Red Sox hat each is wearing. HELL I have seen grown men tell teenage girls that they should take their pink Red Sox hat off because it is not a real Red Sox hat.
What I am uncomfortable with is having the entire city sullied as being racist every time some asshat in a bar tells someone who happens to tell a child who happens to be black who happens to be rooting for an African team that he should be chanting for the "home" team as opposed to the childs (or maybe the childs parents who the hell knows) homelands team. This is why people get mad at liberals, liberals put words in your mouth. When someone does something stupid that happens to involve someone of some other race/gender/sexual orientation they become a racist/sexist/homophobe.
It sounds to me like you're denying that interactions are ever racist/sexist/homophobic. There's quite a bit of the above things happening all around you.
(Also, I'll tell you that, as a minority, most of us speak up about, oh, 1% or so of the discriminatory bullshit that happens to us. And yes, of course there are people who have to make everything be about racism or homophobia. But it seems there is a lot more actual discrimination that people just don't even have the energy to mention and/or that people have stopped bothering about because they've learned that most people just don't get it. There's research to back me up on this btw.)
So explain to me , in this situation, based off of what the poster said, how is this racism against Africans/African Americans rather then just a load mouth jerk in a bar? If you changed the word "Ghana" with "New York Yankees" the post claiming racism would stop making sense.
out. Which you didn't because you asked the question in your original post.
then this rude thing happened, so the lesson is...........?
satirical ...but it clearly missed the mark.... :o(
I thought the french fry comment was funny.
You and my 11 year old niece think I'm funny. (Ok, that does it: I'm giving up my ambition to become a stand up comic.) But seriously, it was a little dry.
It kind of irks me as a whole when you have people rooting for Italy, England etc...when they are 10th generation American's.
Call it a personal pet peeve, because I'm sure i will be a minority on this one.
... I'll root for Israel. Even though I've never lived there and my family isn't from there. Sometimes people just want to root for their ethnic brothers.
(Meanwhile, now that the US has been eliminated, I'll most likely support Ghana.)
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