British police call Union Jack tattoo "Racist". 51 replies

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Master of Reality

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#1 12 years ago

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006420037,00.html

A GULF War hero was banned from joining the police because he has a Union Jack and the words “British Army” tattooed on his arm. Proud Sgt Ivan Ivanovic was told the two-inch design could be seen as RACIST. Ivan was stunned — as he has served Britain for 22 years, seeing action in the first Gulf War and playing peacekeeping roles in Iraq and Kosovo. The dad of two wanted to become a police community support officer when he quits the Army. But Cumbria Constabulary refused to consider him due to the tattoos. Ivan, 40, who serves with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Catterick, North Yorks, said: “I can’t see why anyone would think that the flag of the country might be seen as racist. “It’s crazy. The tattoo is a few inches long and below my left shoulder — so no one would see it. “They asked about any distinguishing marks and would not send an application form because of the tattoo. It’s ludicrous.” Ivan fell foul of Home Office rules governing “lewd, offensive” tattoos. But last night police BACKED DOWN and invited Ivan to reapply — after The Sun stepped in. Divorcee Ivan — half Yugoslav and half English — said: “It is fantastic news. I’m proud of my time in the forces.” Police said: “We thank The Sun for bringing this to our attention.”

I think we're all getting a little too sensitive now. Are we afraid of insulting people in our own country now who aren't even from there? At least it's all been solved now.




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#2 12 years ago

this is total crap, britain is going to lose its identity with things like this.




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#3 12 years ago

22 year vet? I think he has proved his loyalty and commitment, Tatoo's be dammed.

This is a good example of a brain dead beauracrat with no common sense.

That someone would consider a tattoo of your countries national flag racist is abubd and insulting, especially when the guy is not a naturally born Tommy and hes served the country for 22 years.




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#4 12 years ago

Well it was resloved, so this doesn't really matter. I think it was one recruiting officers opinion. And when the bosses higher up found out, they told him that it wasn't a valid reason to ban someone from the academy.

I have a king crown on my under arm, and I didn't have any problems in joining the police force:)




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#5 12 years ago

It is all a matter of opinion. Some people actually think the the Southern Battle Flag is racist. I posted in another thread about europe losing its identity thus making us lose the war on terror. It amazes me.




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#6 12 years ago

There is no reason to deny him, the BRITISH flag in a BRITISH country, I don't get how that is racist, I mean all you have to do is look at any embassy or United Nations, are the whole of the United Nations racist, no.

I could understand it if he had some tattoo signifying some movement such as Nazi, KKK or something similar but I don't see the relevance of a flag. Whether it was a simple mistake or not, it should be one that never happened in the first place.




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#7 12 years ago
Master of Realityhttp://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006420037,00.html I think we're all getting a little too sensitive now. Are we afraid of insulting people in our own country now who aren't even from there? At least it's all been solved now.

This is nothing new. Its just part of a trend. Schools with lots of Muslim students drop books from their library that might offend him, prisons with Muslim inmates are forbidden from flying the Union Jack... the list goes on. I agree, its very sad. But at least its not as bad as in Spain, where they will throw out a whole government just to make Osama happy.




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#8 12 years ago
Master of Realityhttp://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006420037,00.html I think we're all getting a little too sensitive now. Are we afraid of insulting people in our own country now who aren't even from there? At least it's all been solved now.

But...HOW is it rasict?:confused: Americans plaster their flag on everything and no one says anything what the hell is wrong with having a Union Jack tattoo?

Im getting sick of stuff like this, if people are so offended by a flag they can piss off back to whatever hell hole they came from.




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#9 12 years ago

There are similar movements over here, like people getting fired from work for having flags on their desks (Ironically, that all started after 9/11). But the movement is just more mature over in Britain. So in ten years Britain will probably be a 1984 style police state - and we'll be in the spot they are now.

It would appear we share the same fate - we're just at different stages in the journey.




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#10 12 years ago

Pathetic political correctness. Leave the man alone!!!