Dear Putin: Collective responsibility exists outside sports

In politics on June 18, 2016 at 05:42

I noticed that Mr. Putin wasn’t happy about Russian atlets being denied right to compete in Rio. They have trained for years and now they are not allowed to participate in the Olympic Games because many of their countrymen and women have cheated in the past.

Is it fair?

I find it too much, but I also have to correct Mr. Putin. He asked if someone would punish the entire family if a family member committed a crime.

In Denmark people can be evicted from their apartment in a family member – even a child commits a crime in the local neighborhood. So if a son or daughter shoplifts, fight or rob people locally, the entire family is evicted from their apartment.

Once again people demostrate that they lack knowledge about what makes Denmark a very gruesome place to be if you are poor or hit by social circumstances. This eviction law has never hit someone with money enough to take this matter to courts. It only hits people with low income or people with foreign ethnic origins which based on many immigrants experiences can be labeled as social circumstances.

I hope that the individual russian atlet who is clean will find their way to compete in Rio. Otherwise I would not watch the games. I also find personal responsibility higher than collective responsibility. It is not my job to stop fellow Danes from speeding on the streets. It is my responsibility to obey the laws in my car.

Mr. Putin has a good point despite the fact that he doesn’t know Denmark very well.


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