This is not just sectarianism, this is something far worse
There is something rotten at the heart of Irish nationalism and republicanism. Something dark and disturbing. It is a cancerous hatred, a prejudice, a bitterness that has to be seen to be believed. It is much more than simply sectarianism, though that alone would be heinous enough, it is racism. It is an ancient ethnic hatred, a pathological enmity that drives republicans to deny the humanity of their neighbours, to deny them their culture, their national identity and even their very lives.
It is virulent, nasty, bigoted, crude and it is everywhere!
To constantly, unrelentingly criticise, denigrate, insult, mock, undermine and attack any ethnic group is racism. Do the Unionist/Loyalist community qualify as an ethnic group?
The short answer is yes;
The Ulster Scots (Ulstèr-Scotch), also called Ulster Scots people (Ulstèr-Scotch fowk) or, outside of Europe, Scots-Irish (Scotch-Airisch), are an ethnic group found mostly in Northern Ireland (and to a lesser extent throughout the UK and Ireland)
So, is overt and naked hatred of an ethnic group defined as ‘racism’?
“Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another — or the belief that another person is less than human — because of skin color, ethnicity, language, customs, heritage, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes.
Does such racist/sectarian hatred exist within the Loyalist community? The somewhat controversial answer is, no.
Loyalists and Unionists do not deny that Irish nationalists have a valid and distinctive culture. We do not deny the existence or the validity of the Gaelic language. We do not seek to equate Irish/gaelic culture with the most extreme fringes of politics and society. Loyalists do not advocate the genocide or mass expulsion of the nationalist community.
Any objective observer must conclude that, although sectarianism does exist on ‘both sides’, it is only Irish nationalism/republicanism that harbours this deep rooted and pathological racism.
So prevalent, so pervasive and so accepted is that ethnic/racial hatred that most nationalists and republicans will deny that it even exists. They will insist that the sort of comments included in this article do not represent real republicanism. They will refuse to accept the problem, will downplay it, or will attempt to excuse it by replying on the old argument that “sure both sides is as bad as each other”.
That is a convenient excuse. It is also a lie. Every single day, Loyalists, Unionists (and Protestants in general) face a barrage of abuse, insults, sectarianism and even threats. On social media, on forums, in comments sections and in real life.
This is not perpetrated by a minority of dedicated trolls but by thousands of nationalists and republicans from every corner of the British Isles and beyond.
We asked yesterday for our followers (a little over 2,000 people) to send us examples of racist/sectarian hate speech. We received dozens of examples. We also received at least seven direct messages from people asking that their details be redacted on the screenshots they sent and their identity obscured, simply to avoid more targeted harassment and even death threats from Irish republican extremists online.
Sticks and Stones
The PUL community are made of strong stuff. I am not writing this article because Loyalists and Unionists cannot hold their own against fanatical and hate-filled Irish supremacists. This article is merely to highlight the kind of vitriolic, almost psychotic hatred and bitterness that seems to lie at the dark heart of republicanism.
I would appeal for those in a position of leadership within the nationalist/republican community to try to address the malignancy within their ranks but I know full well that such an appeal would simply be ignored, such is the lack of real leadership within Irish nationalism.
The sad fact of the matter is that many within Provisional Sinn Fein and even within the SDLP, see little wrong in the sort of pernicious and toxic racism/sectarianism spewed out online by their constituents.
None so blind
There are many individuals within the republican community who regard themselves as ‘progressive’, ‘liberal’ and even ‘moderate’ but who are, in reality, every bit as extreme, intolerant and fanatical as any ISIS member.
So blinded are they by their prejudice, hatred, racism and bigotry that they cannot even see it!
They regard themselves as moral and decent people. They are anything but. They wallow in the mythology and propaganda of Irish republican extremism. They denigrate and dehumanise their Protestant neighbours. They subtly gloat over the death and mayhem caused by republican murder gangs.
Such people are extremely problematic. They cannot and will not ever be accepted as legitimate, sane, reasonable representatives of nationalism by the Loyalist/Unionist community.
Such bitter, hateful, extremist individuals must be sidelined. They must, if necessary, be ‘deplatformed’ and marginalised. You cannot reason with the unreasonable. You cannot compromise, or even negotiate, with someone who regards you as ‘sub-human’.
How bitter and twisted, how absolutely demented with racist and sectarian hatred must an individual be to dismiss your neighbours culture as “KKKulture”? Pathetically trying to denigrate that culture by childishly trying to tie it to the Ku Klux Klan. If it were not so bigoted, prejudiced and psychotic it would be funny.
I’m beginning to see a pattern here!
But surely not even racist republicans would gloat about a man who died of cancer?
Nothing is off limits to these extremists. Nothing is beyond the pale. They thrive on hatred and bigotry. These are not the victims of racism and sectarianism- they are the instigators of it.
I could have filled this blog post with hundreds of examples of Irish republican racism, vitriol and toxic hatred but I think this will suffice for now.
I would urge all members of the PUL community to screenshot or otherwise document all incidents of Irish nationalist racism and sectarianism. Do not tolerate intolerance. Do not allow these hate-mongers to go unchallenged.
No group of people on earth should be subjected to this kind of hatred, prejudice and bigotry!
Irish supremacists are pure poison. Their psychopathic hatred for Protestants, Unionists and Loyalists is comparable only to the antisemitism of the Nazis or the ethnic hatred displayed by the Hutu against the Tutsi during the Rwandan genocide.