posted on Jul, 20 2018 @ 07:09 AM
originally posted by: CornishCeltGuy
Heck, if you dare fly the flag of England you can expect people to think you have a skinhead and hate foreigners.
It's absolutely ridiculous, even St George's day is a mild affair compared to the other home nation's national day.
I've always thought it odd that English nationalism is frowned upon compared to Scottish or Welsh nationalism.
Even though the English flag is being used all the time by the racist/xenophobics far right groups, foreigners don't mind at all. There are two
1- Police and government telling people not to display the flag as it may seem imperialistic. That's rubbish and they are creating a problem and
division where there isn't one. I lived in England for 20 years until I moved last Summer and neighbours displaying their national flag had never
offended me, nor I know any other foreigners who felt differently.
2- Racist idiots abusing first or second generation British people when they used the flag does cause problems. I have seen that with my own eyes,
appalled at someone being labelled 'not English' because they look darker. In fact, despite what another poster have said, the passion for England
doesn't disappear when people have parents from another country and you see that when England plays in the world cup.
So see, it's not the English population or the foreigners living in England that have a problem, it's stupid advice by official channels and a small
percentage of xenophobics.
originally posted by: Freeborn
Hell, even the Spanish slaughtered far, far more than The British did in building and holding onto their Empire.
Yet the Spanish aren't universally hated anywhere near as much as the English are today.
Sure we did some 'bad things'...but it doesn't explain the level of hypocrisy and double standards towards the English here in the UK and in certain
The animosity or hatred against the English abroad has a simple explanation: countries became independent from the Spanish Empire 200 years ago.
That's a long time ago.
Countries that were invaded and colonized by the British Empire only started becoming independent 60 years ago, some until fairly recently, 1984. Add
to this the fact that the British Empire was a lot bigger than the Spanish, this means you have fresh wounds that still haven't healed all around the
I think I should also add Brexit which has changed how people view the English in other countries. Spain has not shown the xenophobia England is
showing to other Europeans nationals (which is not in people's imagination but proven with statistics).