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It seems that the thing to do now is to be “different.” But if everyone is being different then who defines what is different? In the 1930’s in Nazi Occupied some kids did dare to be different, and it was not the cute different that teenagers now aim for. These kids blatantly defied Nazi values. These “weird” kids were called Swing Kids.

Many of these kids in this time in Germany were recruited into joining the Hitler Youth, and the leaders tried to make it appealing for people to join, so they turned to dance. However they did not turn to the popular swing dance that the kids were interested in because the swing dance was associated with blacks and a number of Jewish musicians. Everything these swing kids did was to get at the Nazis, such as wear their hair long and listen to forbidden jazz music. Eventually the Nazis acted out against the swing kids and put some of them in school or sent others to concentration camps.

It is obvious that these kids knew what they were doing and the majority of them knew the repercussions would not be pretty, yet they rebelled anyway. This rebelling is not like what teenagers seem to do today as they gather around and do nothing but complain about current “issues.” This was fighting the norm in Nazi occupied Germany, their lives were in danger. Was the dance so important to these kids or was there and underlying motivation behind the entire movement? If so, why does it seem that teenagers during that time period were much more mature than many seem to be today? The swing kids could not have hoped for much success in their rebelling against the Nazi occupation, so what was their purpose? Did they even have one? Or did they just want to be different?


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You Think Football Is Bad?

People say there is nothing like football in the South, from the rivalries to the tradition and the passion, there is just nothing like it.  Well take a little journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Egypt and you will find their situation is no joke.  In a Washington Post article Egyptian police deal with soccer protesters  in the capital city of Cairo.  The riots started Wednesday, February 1st in the city of Port Said in which 74 people died making it the worst soccer riot in 15 years. Fans were stabbing one another and undressing them and throwing them off of the bleachers, it was madness.   The riots after the soccer game have spurred political unrest as protesters marched to the Interior Ministry to protest the militaristic rule of Egypt a

nd are even vying to have the elections moved up 2 months.  The nation of Egypt is in a state of unrest, but is all of this the result of a soccer match? The riots have continued for 3 days and since the initial riot there have been twelve more deaths.

I understand why Egyptians are unhappy about the current political situation, but why the stabbings at the soccer game? Sure, football fans can go overboard, take the poisoning of the tree at Toomer’s Corner for instance. Crazy? Of course, but did anyone die? Heavens no. Yes you can go as far enough to say school such as Alabama and Auburn, or Ohio State and Michigan hate each other, but nobody kills anybody. I cannot think of reasoning for fans to kill one another unless of course there are different political views causing the two fan bases to hate each other. However I have not read that anywhere, so that hardly seems to be the case. What causes such deadly riots in Europe and other areas such as Egypt among soccer fans? Why do they resort to stabbing each other and setting things on fire? Who knows, but there is something like football in the South and it is soccer riots across the globe.



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