Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Isn't This Racist?

Daily Mail headline and story:

Brown to challenge Mbeki at U.N. over his 'softly softly' handling of Zimbabwe election crisis.

Gordon Brown will risk a showdown with South Africa by insisting Robert Mugabe has been defeated and should step down.

He will go eye-to-eye with Thabo Mbeki at a special session of the UN Security Council in New York at the start of a three-day visit to the US.

The Prime Minister will publicly question the controversial "softly softly" approach adopted by the South African leader over Zimbabwe in front of other African leaders.

The entire quote comes from an African proverb "Softly, softly, catchee monkey." It was popularized by the founder of the Boy Scouts, Lord Baden-Powell. I guess it's in common usage in UK, but here in the US would be seen as racist when used to refer to a black man (Mugabe).

I guess I'll put this under learn something new every day.

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