So I thought long and hard about starting this thread following some interesting (but waaayyyy off topic) discussion in the Road to the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Clearly this is a contentious topic with the potential to go bad very quickly........please let's not let that happen!!
My view of CW is that compared to any other forum I've ever posted on the membership is in the main; intelligent, knowledgeable and capable of presenting well balanced and reasoned opinions on all subjects.......surely we can discuss this without it becoming a ****fest? For those that didn't see the original discussion it started here with what by the posters own admission was a lame joke, but was interpreted as something far more sinister by a number of posters, others like myself couldn't really see what all the fuss was about.
So the comment was about the West Indies being "dark horses literally" for the World Cup, for reference he then clarified it as "WI are naturally of the dark skin tone and hence dark horses".
The very last thing I would ever consider myself is a racist in any shape or form, but I learned during the discussion that referring to an indigenous footy players skills as "black magic" as I have been known to do is also considered poor form by some........so perhaps I'm not as liberal and up with the ways of the world as I might think I am? Or is it a case of political correctness going too far, where the colour of persons skin is taboo and not to be mentioned?
So anyway, I start this thread with an open mind.........I didn't see the harm in the original "joke" (cept it really wasn't that funny), and I don't see the harm in the black magic comment either. But if the discussions can convince me I'm a bit off the mark and these comments really do have negative/derogatory/condescending connotations then I'm certainly up for learning a thing or two and changing my opinion.
Discuss.........(and play nice )