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Further to the alleged racist and violent assault by BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson on his Irish producer.

Padraig Reidy, Irish born-journalist in Britain, writes:

…The queer thing about anti-Irish racism (and its partner, anti-Catholicism), is that a hell of a lot of British people are in denial about its existence (trust me, Irish people are not). It was, certainly, worse during the “Troubles”, but there is a mistaken belief that the Troubles was the sole reason for anti-Irish feeling.

In truth, of course, it is a hell of a lot more complicated than that. Ireland was one of the first colonies: justification for all colonisation, then as now, is partly found in the dehumanisation of the conquered.

The Irish, with their distinct laws, customs and language, were not really fit to rule themselves (how often is that sentiment echoed today?); we were not diligent, we were not to be trusted: they were, as Mr Clarkson would allegedly have it, “lazy Irish c**ts”.

Every so often, a well-meaning British liberal friend will either a) declare matily that “we’re all the same” and what the hell was all that fighting about, eh? or b) inquire archly about whether, considering the decades of quasi-theocracy the Irish republic endured, and the apparent corruption of the political system, was the whole independence thing really worth it?

And every time, you remind them: yes. We were a colony. We were stripped of land, language, identity. We were routinely demonised and patronised.

…we were not, and never would be viewed as equals by the British establishment. Every Irish person in Britain knows the little nod, the little wink. More often now it is disguised as affection, or indulgence (“Oh, you funny people” is always implied).

But the undertones are the same: feckless, violent, drunken. And occasionally, someone like Clarkson, who, as better writers than I have pointed out, is simultaneously at the very heart of the Establishment while feigning to rail against it, will let it all spill out, in full vitriol.

And we’re back with an image that easily resonates with Irish people: an English toff assaulting a “lazy” Irish lackey for not doing his bidding. What we hoped we’d be able to leave behind.

Jeremy Clarkson and being “lazy Irish” in Britain (Padraig Reidy Little Atoms)

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Unless you’re black.

Sido writes:

“You might have seen this article {below] and video from the UK Independent? A policeman in Carolina pulls a man over and shoots him when he reaches in his car for his driving licence.This is one of the most insane actions I’ve ever seen. It’s that mad, you can’t actually believe what’s happening.Seemingly the cop’s been charged and can get up to 20 years in jail. But I can’t help thinking a spell in a psychiatric institution would be more in order.”

‘Disturbing’ footage shows US officer asking to see man’s driving licence and then shooting him as he tries to fetch it (Independent,co.uk)

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A Nigerian man hounded from his new home after it was covered in ‘Locals only’ banners has suffered more racial abuse. Michael Abiona (34) abandoned plans to move into a bungalow in East Belfast after finding protestors outside and banners that read ‘Local houses for local people’.

Now the charity worker has been subjected to racist abuse at a second Housing Executive property in the area. He was showing a Nigerian friend his new home on Holywood Road when a woman got out of a taxi and repeatedly shouted “black bastard” and told them to leave the area.

Mr Abiona said “The way things are, you are watching your back whenever you’re walking the street. You’re scared that people will come and attack you. But I’m not going to allow it affect me.”


Victim of locals-only protest rehoused but suffers yet more racist abuse (Brendan Hughes, Irish News)
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Previously: Orange Diss The New Black

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Eoin English of the Irish Examiner reports that a Cork schoolboys soccer club has been fined €200 for abandoning a game after one of their players was racially abused.

Irish Examiner: Schoolboy soccer club fined for taking players off pitch in stand against racism

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When asked why no one wanted to appear on camera she said:
“Because now we’re being called racists which we’re horrified. We’re actually embarrassed about it. We’re certainly not racists, certainly not.”

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“From his account, it was certainly a peaceful protest and there was no threat issued to him. There isn’t any indication that they sought to intimidate him.
I’m not sure that this can be described as racism in terms of what the intention of the local people was.
You might have had exactly the same reaction if it was somebody from up-country that was moving into an area where local people aren’t able to get houses in the locality that they’ve been brought up in.” NI First Minister Peter Robinson.


‘Locals-only’ protest not racist says first minister (Brendan Hughes, Irish News)

Previously: Orange Diss The New Black

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A man from Nigeria has said he is afraid to move into his new Belfast home after he arrived to find five people protesting on the doorstep.

Michael Abiona, 34, was greeted with posters reading “Local Houses 4 Local People” at Glenluce Drive, east Belfast, on Tuesday.

Mr Abiona who has been living in Northern Ireland since 2010 said four women and a man were outside the house.

They asked how he had managed to get the house and whether he was disabled.

Now, he said, he will not move into the Housing Executive property at Knocknagoney because the mother of his son is frightened and will not allow their child to visit the house.

Mr Abiona said he had reported what happened to the police.

Protesters tell man he is not welcome in east Belfast (BBC News NI)

Update:

Mr Abiona spoke to Lisa McAlister on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘The Stephen Nolan Show’ this morning.

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Video – Robinson: East Belfast housing protest ‘not racist’ (Mark Devenport, BBC News NI)

Previously: Ulster Says No

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Patrick Corrigan writes:

“This is how Belfast responds to racism. 8,000 people marched in the torrential rain through the city on Saturday. It was the most ethnically diverse political demonstration Northern Ireland has ever seen. This uplifting video captures the spirit of the day.Would love it if you shared more widely…”

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A poster for Local Election 2014 Green Party  candidate Grazvydas Vaitekunas in Monaghan, Co Monaghan today.

Bonzor writes:

“I know a lot of people saw online yesterday that a Green Party local election candidate from Lithuania was subjected to racist abuse while out hanging up his posters.It seems that whoever threatened him was as good as their word and followed through with their promise to deface his posters…”

Pic via Deborah Naylor

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