Ravings From The Bog

Racism is alive and well in Belfast again
August 12, 2008, 10:50 pm
Filed under: History, Life, Politics & Current Affairs, Society | Tags: , , ,

Today, the Northern Ireland page of the BBC news website carried an item about this sign, posted on a house for rent in South Belfast.

I thought we’d seen the last of this sort of racism and bigotry, or at least in broad daylight.

It’s not that many years since job advertisements in the Belfast Telegraph or Belfast Newsletter read, “Protestants only need apply”. In England in the 1960s, it was common enough to see posters

 in rental accommodation saying “No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish”.

Bigotry and the improper use of power was what started the civil rights campaign here forty years ago. Do we need to start marching again to protect the rights of immigrants to our country? You’d think after thousands of deaths and injuries, we’d know better.

This attitude is disgusting and has no place in a civilised society.

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