Alabama, USA cheerleading coach sacked for reporting Ku Klux Klan propaganda


Ku Klux Klan and White Pride T-shirts, worn by cheerleading coach Brian McCracken, and Brian McDowell, respectively

By Justin Block in the USA:

Alabama Cheerleading Coach Dismissed After Reporting Racist T-Shirt Worn By Fellow Coach

08/26/2015 01:38 PM EDT

An Alabama cheerleading squad has lost two of its coaches after a pair of racist T-shirts appeared at an August practice.

Brian McCracken, the assistant vice president of a Boaz, Alabama cheerleading team, resigned from his post late last week after wearing a Ku Klux Klan shirt to a North Alabama Youth Football & Cheerleading League practice, reports local Alabama affiliate, WAFF. The shirt’s text reads, “The Original Boys In The Hood,” and offensively makes a comparison to the 1991 film “Boyz N The Hood,” which focuses on gangs South Central Los Angeles.

“We have zero tolerance for any kind of discriminatory apparel or anything,” said Jones to WAFF.

Jones responded to the incident by contacting McCracken and banning him from wearing racially inflammatory shirts to cheer practice — something that shouldn’t really have to be said — but nonetheless, it was Tipton who was ultimately punished, not McCracken.

According to WAFF, the next time Tipton showed up at practice, Boaz’s cheerleading vice president and Brian’s wife, Melynnda McCracken, asked her to not come back.

“I’m just disgusted because I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong besides make a complaint that should have been kept private to begin with,” Tipton said. “I asked why and she could not give me any reason.”

Both Brian and Melynnda have since resigned, reports WAFF, but the Tipton family iterated that the damage has already been done — not to the parents, who completely fumbled the situation, but to the kids, who had to witness this racially-inflamed drama first-hand.

“It’s hard for a biracial child that is 4 and 5 to understand what racism is,” Kayleigh’s husband, Cody Tipton, said. “It just outrages me and a lot of other parents but no one will stand up to it because of the consequences their children will get.”

Belgian judge arrested for recording police


Belfry of Bruges

Photography is not a crime … however, also in Belgium some police seem to think differently about people recording what they do. Even if a photographer is also a judge.

In the night of 26-27 August 2015, in a street in Bruges, Belgium, there was trouble between English Manchester United and Belgian football supporters. Many people living there made videos with their smartphones of police arresting football fans.

Including local judge Jan Nolf, who lives in that street as well.

Translated from Mr Nolf’s blog today:

No policeman objected to the filming or photographing.

Except suddenly that one, and then just when I wanted to make a picture of the lighted Halletoren [or: Belfry], right in the line of the street into view above the forest of white police helmets.

Now I will tell you literally about the “conversation”:

“Stop filming”.

“I do not film, I am photographing” (while I was putting away my photo equipment into my right pocket).

The masked policeman gets close to me. “Stop filming!” Since my photo equipment was already in my right pocket, I answered somewhat puzzledly: “I did not film, I took a picture.”

It seems like under his helmet he is deaf, because he repeats “Stop filming,” making me wonder what is really his intention.

So I ask “Why?”

The gruff answer is again: ‘Stop filming “- while I still have my camera in my right pocket (my iPhone during the whole scene remained in my left pocket).

I answer calmly shrugging my shoulders: “I did not film but I do not really agree that it is illegal.”

The man immediately shouts out a command and three helmeted and masked policemen frogmarch me away to the other side of the street … There they put me against the wall immediately with my hands on my back firmly enthralled with narrow straps.

Then I am led to the queue for the bus for the arrested people from Manchester.

Before I step on the bus, I ask the police three times if they realize what they are doing. They look at me and do not answer. Nobody asks for my ID.

The whole scene is too crazy to be true and that keeps me calm all the time in an unlikely way. I do wonder what will happen to me on the bus.

Judge Nolf ended up being freed without charges. He will lodge a complaint about this police behaviour.

Anti-Semitic football supporters


This video from Germany says about itself:

Anti-Islamist Riots in Germany: Hooligans Against Salafists

17 December 2014

Demonstrations held by the far-right group Hooligans against Salafists — also known as HoGeSa — have recently gained momentum in Germany, as they organize marches in cities across the country. While the group claims to be protesting against Islamist extremism, the movement is widely accused of harnessing Islamophobia as a means of spreading racism.

VICE News followed the Hooligans against Salafists movement from its first full-blown demonstration-turned-riot in Cologne, which was attended by 4,800 people.

Yesterday, supporters of football club ADO marched in The Hague, the Netherlands. It was a protest against police officers striking for higher wages, which led to an ADO match being canceled.

According to witnesses, some of these fans shouted anti-Semitic slogans, like ‘cancer Jews’. Police are now investigating this.

There is an extreme right tradition among a minority of ADO supporters. When the club still played in their old stadium, in the Zuiderpark, these far right hooligans, calling themselves ‘North side nazis’ used to gather on the north side bleachers.

UPDATE: a 29-year-old man was arrested for anti-Semitic slogans this Saturday. Maybe more people will get arrested.

Tour de France cycling continues


This video shows Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaymanot at the time trial in Utrecht, the start of this year’s Tour De France cycling race.

Meanwhile, Daniel Teklehaymanot has the king of the mountains polkadot jersey.

He kept it today, after the eighth stage.

This video from the 2012 London Olympics shows Daniel Teklehaymanot and his Eritrean supporters.

Daniel Teklehaymanot and his Eritrean supporters

Eritrean TV does not have direct on the spot reports from the Tour de France, only one hour summaries in the evening. However, cinemas in Eritrea have satellite direct Tour reports.

Dutch football club Utrecht fined for anti-Semitism


This video from the USA says about itself:

Dutch Soccer Fans Anti-Semitic Chant To Rivals

12 April 2015

“A Dutch football club has promised to investigate and punish a fan group that spent a recent game chanting anti-Semitic slurs against their rivals.

During a match between Amsterdam’s Ajax team and FC Utrecht on Sunday, members of a Utrecht fanbase, known as the Bunnikside and often described as hooligans, began insulting the Amsterdam fans by calling them Jews, in reference to the city’s prominent Jewish population.”

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss.

Read more here.

NOS TV in the Netherlands reports today that the Dutch football association has fined football club Utrecht for anti-Semitism during the 5 April match against Ajax from Amsterdam.

Some Utrecht fans then sang songs about burning Jews. According to the Dutch football association, Utrecht did not do enough against that and now has to pay a 10,000 euros fine.

Daniel Teklehaimanot gets another Tour de France king of the mountains point


This video says about itself:

Daniel Teklehaimanot Wins Polka Dot Jersey at Tour de France

9 July 2015

Eritrean rider Daniel Teklehaimanot today re-writes the history of cycling at the Tour de France once and for all. From being the first black African to compete at the Tour to the first African to wear a jersey as he takes the King of the Mountain title at the Stage 6.

Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot was first on the hilltop of the Côte de Canapville in the seventh stage of the Tour de France race today. That meant one more point for his king of the mountains polkadot jersey.

There is much enthusiasm in Eritrea about this.

Eritrean sports journalist Habtom Yohannis tells that when Eritrea was still an Italian colony, there was a race with Italian and Eritrean participants. An Eritrean won, making dictator Mussolini angry.

Daniel Teklehaimanot, first African Tour de France king of the mountains


This is a 23 June 2015 Eritrean TV video about the Eritrean cyclists Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot now riding in the Tour de France in a South African team.

Zdenek Stybar from the Czech republic today in Le Havre won the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. Not often before a Czech cyclist had managed this.

There happened more. Tony Martin from Germany, in the same team as Stybar, and in the overall leader’s yellow jersey, fell not far from the finish line and is injured. UPDATE: Tony Martin will not start tomorrow.

A first in this stage: Daniel Teklehaimanot from Eritrea finished first on three hilltops today. That meant he now has the right to wear the king of the mountains white and red polkadot shirt. Daniel Teklehaimanot is the first Eritrean cyclist ever, and the first African cyclist ever, to wear this shirt.