Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:51
A long-awaited paper outlining a strategy for racial equality in Northern Ireland is out, it states that racism in NI was shaped by the Troubles and sectarianism.
Is this true? or is it due to the Irish love of a cause, where the local feral youths are simply looking for newer targets.
They can't live together as it is, what hope is there for racial integration.
Talking about the "Irish love of a cause" that "they (the Irish) are just made that way" is interestingly racist in itself. Perhaps it might be no harm to look at yourself as to understanding how intolerance gets started.
Immigration is a hot topic in the UK at the moment. A big driver to that is economic.
The troubles didnt start because of a "love of a cause". They started with civil rights action where a minority was disadvantaged in respect to jobs, housing, representation in parliament. If they had been remedied at the time, perhaps there would not have been the later conflict.
Now you have a working class (of all persuasions) which is suffering economically. One of the reasons for recent Loyalist unrest has been linked to a feeling that they have not benefited from the peace dividend - and that the other side is benefiting.
So perhaps it would make more sense to ask about the link between racism and the economic background rather than attaching a racial stereotype to "the Irish".