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Dave Whelan’s, Chairman of Wigan Athletic, recent comments regarding the usage of the word “chink” is totally unacceptable

维冈竞技俱乐部主席戴夫·维兰最近关于“支那佬(chink)”这个称谓的言论是完全不能让人接受的。

Chinese for Labour is shocked that someone in such a position of influence has said “there is nothing bad about” calling “a Chinaman a ‘chink’”. Furthermore we are disappointed that he has hired a manager currently under investigation for sending racist text messages.

对于这样一个在有影响力位置上的人说出“用‘支那佬’来称呼一个中国人没有什么错”的言论,华人工党感到震惊。此外,我们对于他任命的球队主帅因发送种族主义内容的短信正在接受调查一事表示遗憾。

Drawing a parallel between using the term “chinks” in relation to Chinese people and using the term “Brits” to refer to British people is ignorant and offensive.

把用“支那佬”来称呼中国人和以“英国人”来指称大不列颠联合王国的人民等同起来是粗鲁和无礼的。

Racism and discrimination is still a part of everyday life for many British Chinese. Such comments only serve to proliferate and normalise the continued use of discriminatory and racist language.

种族主义和歧视仍然出现在很多英国华人的日常生活中。维兰这样的言论只能让充满歧视和种族主义的语言得到扩散和正常化。

We are pleased to hear that the Football Association is to launch an investigation into Whelan’s remarks.

我们欣慰地得知英足总将要对维兰的言论进行调查。

However, to date no senior Conservative minister, including Prime Minister David Cameron and the Secretaries of State with responsibilities for sport and equalities have commented on the incident. The Prime Minister must make it clear if he personally condones or condemns Whelan’s comments.

然而,至今为止还没有一个保守党大臣,包括首相大卫·卡梅隆和负责体育与公平的大臣对此事发表意见。 首相先生必须表明态度,他本人是宽恕还是谴责维兰的言论。

Since 2007 Whelan has donated £1.5 million to the Conservative Party, and his last donation of £100,000 was as recent as August 2014.

2007年以来,维兰共为保守党捐赠了150万英镑,今年8月他刚刚给了一笔10万英镑的捐助。

Racist comments have no place in modern British society, and we believe that the political donations received from Mr Whelan should be given up and donated to charitable groups.

种族主义的言论在现代英国社会是没有立足之地的,我们认为保守党应当放弃维兰的捐赠资金并将其捐给慈善团体。

Failure to act swiftly in this matter will show a lack of leadership. It will not be possible for the Conservatives to simultaneously condemn offensive remarks while accepting large sums of money from those responsible for them. On this actions will speak louder than words.

在这样的事件中行动迟缓将是缺乏领导力的表现。对于保守党而言,在谴责歧视性言论的同时又接受这些人的大量献金是无法自圆其说的。在这件事上,行动胜于言词。

 

梁辛尼

华人工党主席

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Sonny Leong

Chair, Chinese for Labour

21st November 2014

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