Everyone these days seems to be accused of being racist.
And everyone in response hotly denies it.
I am going to stick my neck out here and declare that yes, I am racist and I don’t see why I should apologise to anyone.
I don’t judge people by the colour of their skin. What I judge people by is their ability to blend in with Irish society. If they follow the general customs and speak reasonably fluent English then I couldn’t give a shite if they are black, white, brown, green or purple.
Where my racism comes to the fore though is when it comes to immigration.The argument that always gets thrown around here is that in the past, other countries welcomed the Irish emigrants particularly during the Famine, and therefore we should welcome all migrants in return.
The trouble with this argument is that times have radically changed. Back in the Famine days there was no Welfare State so far as I know, and Irish emigrants were prepared to start from scratch and live off their own resources. Now imigrants come over here and expect state payouts from the moment they set foot.
I have no problem with paying immigrants unemployment benefits or even housing but here is where my racism pops its head up. I have no problem, provided the Irish are treated first. We have a massive housing problem here with thousands of homeless. When they are sorted out, then treat the immigrants. Of course Europe maintains that we are all big one happy European family and that borders are meaningless so people should be free to move anywhere. Bollox. I am Irish first and foremost and I cherish the Irish way of life and its customs [well, most of ’em anyway]. As I have always maintained, if I moved to another country, even in the continent of Europe I would expect to be treated as an outsider until I have adapted to the language and customs of my new home. What’s more I would expect to live off my own resources without sponging off my new found country.
They scream that diversity is a Good Thing, but I disagree. Diversity just produces a minestrone soup of customs and traditions and its only lasting effect is to water down Irish culture and traditions and to ultimately demolish the whole concept of Irishness.
I watched a discussion programme the other night and included a piece of video. That video pleads the case far more succinctly and eloquently than I ever could.