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In Copenhagen, on the statue of the Little Mermaid, created based on the tale of Hans Christian Andersen, the inscription "Racist Fish" appeared.
“We consider this a vandalism and begin an investigation,” the Copenhagen police said.
Over the past months, Black Lives Matter has been fighting monuments of historical figures related to racist oppression.
“It’s hard for me to understand what’s racist in the Little Mermaid tale,” says Ane Groom-Schwensen, researcher at the Hans Christian Andersen Center at the University of Southern Denmark.
The Little Mermaid Statue of Edward Eriksen, created in 1913, was repeatedly subjected to vandalism. In 1964 and 1998, her head was cut off, after which another attempt was made in 1990.
Activists often use the monument to express their position. So in January 2020, the inscription “Free Hong Kong” appeared on the statue in support of protesters in Hong Kong.
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The Sydney branch of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) called chess a racist sport, since by the rules white pieces always go first and take precedence over blacks, which is an allegory of racial violence.
A state-owned broadcaster, funded by local taxpayers, plans to discuss this scandalous opening on talk shows with the participation of well-known grandmasters. According to the current rules of one of the oldest board games in the world, finally approved at the end of the 19th century, a player with white pieces makes the first move, and a player with black makes the second, then the opponents move alternately.
Australian chess player John Adams rejected ABC's offer to comment on the racist context of the game, choosing Twitter as a platform for discussion. “The producer of ABC Sydney just phoned me to comment on the rules of the game of chess. They consider the game to be racist, since whites always go first and wait for comments from chess players, ”
Adams wrote, indignant at what the taxpayers' money goes to. He was supported by 57-year-old former world champion Garry Kasparov, who advised those unhappy to choose another game. “If you are worried that the game of chess is racist - please take it - there Black goes first.
It’s better to do this than to look stupid, spending money on such “investigations,” Kasparov said. Among the comments full of sarcasm, the proposal to rename the figures of the king and queen to “His Majesty N1” and “His Majesty N2”, also endowing them with equal opportunities on the chessboard, also stands out.
It is curious that in March 2019, two well-known grandmasters - the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and the Dutchman Anish Giri - already raised the issue of White’s first move as part of the International Day of the United Nations (UN) to eliminate racial discrimination. “The rule of the first move never concerned race or politics, but we can violate it in order to send a message to everyone who believes that color should give an advantage in chess or in life,” Carlsen emphasized then.
The issue of infringement of the rights of the black population of the planet received a new impetus after the death in the USA of an African-American detained by the African George Floyd. The resonant incident on the video caused a wave of mass protests around the world.
Along with masks, social distance has become a real sign of the time of the pandemic, which changed the face of cities; especially in the recently opened restaurants.
Coronavirus forced to make social interaction more organized: to reduce the risk of infection, people should maintain a distance of one and a half to two meters.
The restaurant owners all around the world have new problems: in the opened establishments, you need to force guests to stay away from each other. Restaurateurs invent the most exotic ways. There are places where you will be put in a greenhouse or forced to dine in the company of an inflatable doll in a wig.
Restaurants have already opened in Germany, but visitors are required to maintain a social distance of 1.5 m. In Schwerin, the owners of one of the institutions found an original solution to the problem: guests are given special hats.
Foam "blades" do not allow people to approach each other closer than the distance established by law. Customers note that this, of course, is not too comfortable, but they are glad of the opportunity to have lunch again in the restaurant.
Even though some bans have begun to rise gradually, with citizens now more free to act, the coronavirus pandemic is still a risk and should not be treated differently.
On the occasion of the reopening of relaxation spaces but also of "social connection", including bars, terraces or restaurants, some special "tools" were created for location owners to ensure that their customers fully comply with the rules of social distance, which are still in force.
Thus, even if some find this extremely funny, in addition to the indispensable protective mask and gloves, special tables have appeared against the unwanted approach of this period. In the United States, several owners of bars and terraces have already appropriated them, and customers seem not to have been reluctant about this invention, giving it a try and having fun at the same time with funny videos or photos in which appear in the new hypostasis.
The tables are individual and circular, with a space in the middle for a single person. Thus, even if you want a closer relationship, if the other person you are with is inside the "table", this is practically impossible.
In the form of huge lifebuoys, the protection tables are supported on metal structures provided with wheels. Thus, customers can get closer to each other to beak a glass at a distance of about 1.5 meters from each other. These personal protective tables appeared on May 16 at the Fish Tales Bar & Grill in Ocean City, Maryland, United States and were appreciated by customers, happy to be able to rotate freely from one "table" to another.