January 10, 2014

Irish racism, Ctd

Hard-line Irish nationalists continue to have the same demented obsession with the "Protestant planter" as far-right racist xenophobes that exist in England, Greece, France and right across Europe. They blame them for a political situation they don't like and want to utterly extinquish this genetic 'race' from Ireland. The Protestant planter did not invade and conquer Ireland. There were given farming land by the English Crown, just as the Jews were given land by nations in Europe. They are no different from the odious Bosnian Serb ethnic cleanser who believes that their ethnically unpure, politically uncomfortable neighbouring population should be 'sent back where they came from'.

The tweets above are See the Irish Tribesman blog here for an example of explicit racism and xenophobia. Here's an example:
"British invaders Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar were shot dead at Massereene Army base, Antrim. Apparently the Real IRA have claimed responsibility for eliminating these tools of British colonial rule."
And according to a post here, I'm a "British colonial student". My post here on Orwell touches on the racist leanings of celtic nationalism. George Orwell said:
"Its motive force is a belief in the past and future greatness of the Celtic peoples, and it has a strong tinge of racialism. The Celt is supposed to be spiritually superior to the Saxon — simpler, more creative, less vulgar, less snobbish, etc."
Racism is intimately linked with fanatical nationalism. In 'Du Principe federatif (1863) Proudhon said that nationalism was evil in itself, and that it was 'the product of politics rather than nature'. He further said that nationalism leads inevitably to war, compromises personal liberties and reinforces the dictatorial powers of the state.

Conor Cruise O'Brien maintained that: "Nationalism everywhere tends to be xenophobic."

My previous post in the Irish Racism series with Newton Emerson here and on a racist tweet here. My blog post on Arthur Griffiths, the founder of Sinn Fein, who was a racist here. My blog post for The Huffington Post on the racism I've experienced as a cultural Protestant in Ireland here. Incidentally a university report has found the 60% of foreigners in Ireland have experienced racism. More on that in The Irish Independent here

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