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Backwoodsman BS: Our Emma (Raducanu) - Tennis (108* d) RE: BS: Our Emma (Raducanu) - Tennis 14 Sep 21


I’m getting very tired of barely-disguised slurs and insults here, of being told I’m a ‘Damned foreigners, send them back where they came from’, and a ‘right-wing British nationalist’, type of guy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Something just about everyone here has apparently been unable to see from where they’re sitting on their high horses is that Emma Raducanu has a truly international background, and that trying to bask in her reflected glory by ‘possessing’ her, and claiming her as uniquely ‘ours’, is highly disingenuous. She’s no more ‘ours’ than she’s Canada’s, Romania’s, or China’s…or, in fact, the world’s.

I’m enjoying her success immensely because she’s an astonishing phenomenon and an inspirational figure for any young person of any nationality who has an ambition to succeed in whatever field they have chosen. What I’m not doing is trying to feel good about myself by trying to take vicarious, nationalistic ‘possession’ of her. That was the thrust of my response to the OP, and it’s the point I’ve been trying to make right through this thread.

That’s the exact opposite of a ‘right-wing British nationalist’ attitude. I’m sad that others can’t or won’t see it, but hey, it’s what it is. Anyone who doesn’t like it can BITE ME.


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