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We are not civilized enough to rule?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mzee Mwanakijiji, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    Austria's official state broadcaster is refusing to sack a senior political commentator who said blacks were not civilised enough to rule.

    Klaus Emmerich, the retired editor-in-chief of Austrian broadcaster ORF's news and current affairs service, is the station's top political commentator for U.S. affairs. Der Spiegel likened him to Wolf Blitzer, CNN's legendary political commentator.

    But covering the election in which Barack Obama was elected American president, Emmerich said: 'I do not want the western world being directed by a black man. And if you say this is a racist remark, I say you are damn right it is.'

    Emmerich also said Obama's election was "a highly disturbing development" because "blacks are not as far advanced in the civilisation process nor in their political progress."

    Following his outburst, the moderator prevented Emmerich from speaking again.

    But Emmerich took an even harder line in newspaper interviews later, calling Mr Obama's victory 'a highly disturbing development' because 'blacks are not as far advanced in the civilisation process nor in their political progress'.
    Barack Obama

    Slur: Barack Obama has 'a devilish talent', the Austrian journalist claimed

    He went on to tell Die Presse that Mr Obama has 'a devil-like talent to present his rhetoric so effectively'.

    Emmerich, who has worked in the news for 61 years, made his incendiary remarks just five weeks after Austria drew international condemnation when two far-right parties won 29 per cent of the vote in national elections.

    The row over his comments comes as Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was blasted for calling Mr Obama 'tanned', apparently in an inept attempt at humour.

    The 80-year-old pundit called Obama a 'talented man, but a branded man' - apparently referring to the president-elect's skin colour.

    ORF bosses disassociated themselves from Emmerich's remarks but have refused to ban him from future work. They say they are still reviewing the situation.

    'We have never had any comments from Mr. Emmerich which would indicate he has such opinions,' said Pius Strobl, head of communications at the channel.

    My Take:

    So we are only equal as long as we don't aspire greatness? But on the other hand, this is Austria...
  2. Pundit

    Pundit JF-Expert Member

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    Nazism still lives, in Austria at least.Their election shows so.

    The sad thing is they do not even have the guilt of the "Third Reich".In the globalized world, people like these are condemned to be an insignificant backwater while the greatness of the USA will only grow as it further ventures into pushing the envelope and opening up new chapters.
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    DoubleOSeven JF-Expert Member

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    ...unfortunately, pockets of racists against BLACK people exist every where, even in our own countries for example here at home in AFRICA. Racist have it all in common, profound STUPIDITY and FEAR. The likes of Hitler, Mussolini, Berlusconi, the KKK, right wingers throughout the world have it all. Unimaginable supersilliness compounded with ignorance. To them being WHITE in the WHITE WORLD as they put it, is just about being above anyone else. As said, just very STUPID! need I say more?
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    wajinga Senior Member

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    Maybe he meant black governments in Africa . Look what they are doing to their people.Its not civilization whats happening in most countries in Africa its barbarianism.
  5. Sanda Matuta

    Sanda Matuta JF-Expert Member

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    The bottom line is, Obama is the Presedent and they will have to deal with.period.