This is very disturbing:
During a game in Germany's 2nd soccer league between Dresden and Cottbus fans of Cottbus showed a banner with "JUDEN" ("Jews") inscription. The encircled "D" in "JUDEN" is a reference to the Dresden soccer team. The banner is obviously meant to be a grave insult.
Interestingly enough, the German media hardly took note of the incident, even though the banner was briefly shown during the live broadcast on tv.
Let me make this clear: Germany is not on the verge of becoming anti-Semitic (again). The country has made enormous efforts post WWII to eradicate anti-Semitism. (Also, the Cottbus fan association has distanced itself from the banner.) But, considering the self-image of the German media as highest moral authority, you might expect at least a passing reference to the incident.
On the other hand, Germany's image as organizer of the soccer world championship in 2006 could be tarnished by pictures such as the one shown above. Which proves that the German media can quite reluctant to criticize discrimination and racism if this could hurt the fatherland.
Hmm... just imagine the German media's reaction to a banner insulting blacks during a football game in America... The moral outrage would be beyond description.
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