If you are worried that the game of chess is racist, please take up Go, where black moves first, instead of looking foolish by wasting taxpayer money at a state broadcaster to "investigate" it!
(Garry Kasparov, a Russian chess grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, whom many consider to be the greatest chess player of all time)
A Sydney radio station has come under fire from a former player for organising a segment to discuss whether chess was racist.MORE: https://www.news.com.au/sport/more-sports/john-adams-slams-abc-sydney-radio-show-for-discussion-over-whether-chess-is-racist/news-story/5a4b7fa1e996810dde60fc5f4d9fff48
Former Australian chess representative John Adams has slammed the ABC for organising a radio segment discussing whether the popular board game is racist.
Professional economist Adams received a call from a Sydney-based ABC producer on Tuesday asking whether the game was racist because white always moves first.
“I just received a phone call from an ABC Sydney based producer seeking a comment about the game of chess,” Adams posted to Twitter.
“The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first!“
“They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether the rules of chess need to be altered!“
“Trust the taxpayer-funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything and everything in Australia!“
“With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics!”
— John Adams (@adamseconomics) June 23, 2020
Teaching my child to play chess this week and it was proposed to me that I should change the rule that says “white always gets to go first”. Please help me understand whether this is a long-overdue correction of past injustice, or just political correctness gone mad.
— Stuart Khan (@stukhan) June 22, 2020
The Daily Telegraph reported James Valentine’s afternoon program on ABC Sydney would run the segment on Wednesday.
The move comes amid a wider debate about racist attitudes in society sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police officer.
The ensuing protests have led many to question their own behaviour and seen statues toppled, episodes removed from streaming services and brand names such as ”Redskins” changed.
But Adams condemned the ABC for not focusing on “bigger issues” amid a global health pandemic, accusing the radio broadcaster of reporting “bulls”.
“They said with everything going on, they wanted to have a conversation about white going first — and the racial context of whether white should go first,” Adams told The Daily Telegraph.
“The response to the tweet showed that common sense is prevailing. People want the national broadcaster to focus on bigger issues.
“People are struggling with the economy, with their health, with the lockdown. They don’t want their money wasted on bulls.”