We hear about racism all the time. It is a growing problem. How can we solve the problem?
Well firstly we need to recognise that there is a problem.
Then we need to recognise the scope of the problem.
This is where Ireland falls down. We pigeonhole racism and limits its discussion to a white on black racism. It is a serious issue and needs a holistic approach, not a 'racist' approach.
But anyone can be racist. It is not the sole enclave of white caucasian people. Asians can be racist, Africans can be racist. Anyone can be racist.
Thankfully the USA has moved away from the point where black people could not sit on a bus without getting racially abused/attacked. However black people still get attacked because of their skin colour. White people get attacked because of their skin colour. As can Asians.
Before we can solve the problem we need to understand the scope and the scale of the problem.
We need to weed out the racists of all races and apply the rule of law equally to offenders whatever their racial makeup.
We still have just over two racist incidents per week but thankfully the number of incidents are decreasing.
Statistics - Racist Incidents Crime
Certain types of racism are not recorded as race related crime so I am not sure how accurate the figures above are because they are not broke down by race.
Some people do not believe black people can be racist.
Black people cannot be racist, says former Ken Livingstone aide - Telegraph
Some people believe they can be racist.
There was this....
'Race hate' gang in Temple Bar orgy of violence - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie
So we need to actually understand and challenge the preconception that 'racism' is only a white phenomenon.
It is not. Believing otherwise allows those that hide behind false cries of 'racism' to continue using 'racism' to destabilise relations between all cultures in our community.
So a serious question.........Why is 'racism' so racist in Ireland?