The Violent Xenophobic Racism in Ireland
At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.
The Chinese community in Ireland has long been a target of racial discrimination. Anna Lo, an Alliance Party politician born in Hong Kong who was elected to the Ireland Assembly in 2007, was the first politician from an ethnic minority at national level in Ireland, as well as the first East Asian to be elected anywhere in Britain. Her campaign was dogged by violent racism – including death threats – to the extent that she had to carry a panic alarm as a precaution. One far-Right website published pornographic images of Chinese women, alongside derogatory references to Anna Lo. “People from ethnic minorities are very frightened,” she said. “I have never seen ethnic minorities so fearful in Ireland.”
the crumbling myth of white supremacy. white supremacy is violent. white supremacy is destructive. white supremacy is pervasive. white supremacy kills.
never read the fucking comments
For all the Irish folks always crying about how Irish people were ~*~*~ALSO OPPRESSED~*~*~
these pictures are really upsetting. I recently found out that the Orange Order often hangs Israeli flags up alongside their own, really shows the supremacist attitude some of these groups have. Racism exists in the Republic of Ireland too, of course, but the North has a particularly long and nasty history of sectarian violence which crosses racial/ethnic lines. (as a side note: the politician Anna Lo mentioned above is an MLA, or member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, there is no such thing as an Ireland Assembly.)
(and person above: to say that Irish people were oppressed is true, it doesn’t take away from the actual violence being caused to other groups, especially by the formerly oppressed. I’m assuming that’s what you’re getting at but it’s hastily worded.)
I read someone describing him yesterday as a “human caps lock key.” That seems about right.
Christina Nguyen - “I will not be lonely on this rainy night”
Machina del Mondo. Ogn’un cerca di star sopra il compagno (Hand-colored etching); 1675-1710.
"That will include, snack, music, and jewelry areas."
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I love this goddamn movie.
We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.