From top: Hot Press 2019 Annual; instagram post from 2017
…Yesterday, I read many powerful testimonies about the impact of racism, both overt and casual. It is something that has no place in any civilised society and I have no hesitation in condemning it in every respect. Unequivocally, black lives, and how they are lived, whether in Ireland or across the world, matter deeply. Never for a second, in my entire life, have I felt anything different.
However, on the basis of the feelings of genuine hurt it has aroused, then I clearly got it wrong in the original opinion piece – for which I apologise.
In particular, the article – and the Hot Press cover story on [Ringsend rap duo] Versatile back in 2018 – were both published long before a photo was brought to our attention of a member of Versatile at a party dressed in blackface, alongside someone clearly posing as Eazy-E of NWA – the photo was taken before they started to become a phenomenon.
Whatever way you look at it, the photograph puts accusations of racism in Versatile’s lyrics into a very different light. Clearly they do have a case to answer.
If we been aware of that photograph, would my opinion piece have been written in the same way in 2019? No.
Stuart Clark, deputy editor of Hot Press [more at link below]
Versatile: An Apology by Stuart Clark (Hot Press)
Versatile: Are They Racist And Misogynistic? (Hot Press, August 9, 2019)
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Adam Reynolds writes:
Ireland not doing so hot based on these surveys…
People of African descent face ‘dire picture’ of racism in EU (The Guardian)
Central Plaza, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Garry McNulty writes:
The woman is shouting: ‘All non-nationals out, it’s our own that should be working’
Thanks James Chimney
Barnardos Square, Dublin 2
Representatives from: Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Transdev, Local Link bus services and the taxi industry at the launch of Europe’s largest national transport anti-racism campaign.
A giant sample of the creative used in the advertising campaign “We’re all made of the same stuff” was displayed on the side of the Dublin City Council building in Barnardos Square.
Above (far right) Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland and (far Left) Anne Graham, CEO, National Transport Authority.
“Stand by the victim.”
A PSA from UK advocacy group Racial Justice Network, on ways to to counter racism.
Racist attacks in the UK have reportedly risen post-Brexit.
Racial Justice Network
In the Dáil this afternoon.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is gravely concerned about the high rate of racial discrimination, related intolerance and racial profiling, especially against Muslim people and people of African origin in Ireland.”
“We know the measures taken by Irish government to address these human rights however we share the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s concerns regarding the state of health of children in single-parent families, children in poverty, Travellers, Roma children is significantly worse than the national average.”
“Therefore we would like to make the following recommendation to Ireland: to put in place a robust mechanism in order put an end to racism, discrimination and related intolerance, especially against Muslim people and people of African origin…”
A representative from the Islamic Republic of Iran speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this afternoon.
More to follow.
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