Can it really be true that BBC presenter threw a punch at his producer and called him a “lazy Irish cxxx”? Surely most people would have a problem with THAT word. And surely it is racist to refer to a nationality in such terms. Is being “lazy and Irish” (and GOD knows I am both) better or worse than being “lazy and Norwegian”, “lazy and Polish”, “lazy and Jamaican”, “lazy and Pakistani” and would the BBC be equally tolerant or intolerant of such behaviour by a star presenter? Or is there some kind of scale..
We should probably do something.
Last summer, I heard Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International (Belfast franchise) in Writers Square, Belfast. He spoke about racism in Belfast and like thousands of others I followed Patrick Corrigan on a march around Belfast City Centre, protesting recent racist attacks in Belfast. Including of course, the nasty verbal attacks on Anna Lo MLA.
And in January, on Slugger O’Toole, I saw Patrick Corrigan standing outside Belfast City Hall. He was carrying a placard “Je Suis Charlie”. He was joined by many of our local bloggerati.
So here we go again. Is this a Human Rights issue? I think it is. No doubt, Patrick Corrigan will be making a speech in Writers Square. We will shout anti-racist slogans as we march behind him…past the City Hall and on to the BBC in Ormeau Avenue, where we will join Patrick Corrigan and hold up placards stating “Je Suis A Lazy Irish C***”.