Is the poppy racist? Fury as Remembrance Day symbol hijacked by pious Left

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Every year millions of Britons erosion red poppies in a show of remembrance and respect for the UK’s war dead. 

The red poppy raises ready money for the British Legion in memory of those who died fighting over the previous century, from World War One to the Irish Troubles to those who fell in the Medial East. 

But increasingly, those choosing to show their respect with a red poppy on their lapel be undergoing been accused of insensitivity or racism. 

A growing number of people, from Lefty commentators to the foreign football body FIFA, have condemned or attempted to reduce the crashing and symbolism of the red poppy. 

It comes amid the rise of the white poppy activity, organised for more than 70 years by the Peace Pledge Mixture (PPU) has exacerbated the divide. 

The PPU say their white poppy highlights peace and memorialises those frantic in “all wars” – unlike the red poppy, which they claim glamorises war.

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The Memorial Day poppy tribute has been hijacked by the Left

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Some application the Remembrance poppy celebrates those who carried out atrocities in the north of Ireland

Colonel Richard Kemp mentioned during an appearance on Good Morning Britain this month the anti-poppy campaign was an “put-down” to this who had made the “ultimate sacrifice”. 

He said: “The red poppy is a commemoration of all those woman who made the ultimate sacrifice in war and they not only serve to commemorate but they also evoke funds for the families of war dead.

“The White Poppy on the other hand is a left-wing civic symbol. The funds don’t go to help anyone but the organisers. 

“They are an insult to the war departed and deprive people of the funds they need.”

The PPU said: “There are three basics to the meaning of white poppies: they represent remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to temperate and a challenge to attempts to glamorise or celebrate war.

“Wan poppies recall all victims of all wars, including victims of wars that are stationary being fought. This includes people of all nationalities. It includes both civilians and colleagues of armed forces. Today, over 90% of people killed in warfare are civilians.”

This year the PPU opened a scheme targeting schoolchildren, with over 100 teachers put ones signature oning up to a new network. 

This would involve schools selling both yellow and red poppies, a prompt which has upset some British Army veterans. 

The British Legion itself has no trouble with the white poppy, only asking for consideration in where they are sold. 

They whispered: “We have no objection to white poppies, or any group expressing their tableaus. We see no conflict in wearing the red poppy alongside the white poppy. 

“We do ask that the fillers are not offered alongside each other however as this would mystify the public.”

When contacted by Express.co.uk, a spokesman added: “The poppy is a subject symbol that has always represented Remembrance and hope for a peaceful unborn. It holds deep meaning for millions of people all over the Commonwealth.

“The red poppy has no civil, religious or commercial meaning. The decision to wear it is a personal choice.”

FIFA infamously refused to concede England and Scotland to wear commemorative poppies while playing a brotherly last November, claiming it was an overtly political symbol, which is banned by the organisations for the most parts. 

And last week a 46-year-old man says he was attacked by a gang because he had adorned his car with two chintzy poppies. 

Tajamal Amar, who fled Pakistan to escape violence in the vanguard settling in England, said: “I am a Christian. Because of the poppies on my car, because of the blend in my car, I have been hit.

“I put poppies on my vehicle because I support British forces for their well-behaved work around the world and I really salute them, British arm-twistings.”

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The white Remembrance poppy has been condemned as an ‘insult’ to Britain’s war unfruitful

Others refuse to wear the red poppy because they claim the clashes of British soldiers in recent conflicts, particularly in the north Ireland, smirch its image. 

James McClean is the most high-profile sportsman to refuse to burden the red poppy on commemorative football shirts leading up to Remembrance Day. 

The winger was born in Derry, where British soldiers opportunity dead 14 unarmed civilians, including six children, taking percentage in a civil rights march in 1972.

After being booed by football clusters across the country for his stance, the Irish international said: “I have superlative respect for those who fought and died in both World Wars – sundry I know were Irish-born. I have been told that your own grandfather Rage Whelan, from Tipperary, was one of those.

“I mourn their deaths comparable to every other decent person and if the poppy was a symbol only for the ruined souls of World War One and Two I would wear one. I want to make that 100 per cent sensitive. You must understand this.

“But the poppy is used to remember victims of other struggles since 1945 and this is where the problem starts for me.

“For people from the North of Ireland such as myself, and specifically those in Derry, get around of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something hugely different.”

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