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RTÉ’s “exploring racism” series is self-serving nonsense

RTÉ’s Social Affairs and Religion Correspondent Ailbhe Conneely is going to bless us with a series this week “exploring racism in Ireland.” Well, colour me pink. Why has no one ever tackled this thorny subject up to now? If there is not some sort of bursary or paper hat for this daring initiative, then there damn well ought to be.

Racism – in some form and against people of all races – exists in practically every country. But taxpayer-funded NGO activists want to convince us that it’s ‘systemic’, that we’re all guilty of it (yes, that includes you), and that therefore its best fixed by making sure said NGOs get even more funding to tell us how awful we are.

Who better to get the ball rolling in the programme than Sinead Gibney the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commissioner? Neither she, on north of €125k large, nor the IHREC which pockets over €6.75 million from the taxpayer, (with over half of it to pay themselves for being our conscience), got where they are today by not calling out bad eggs who hate equality and diversity.

So it’s straight in and no kissing, as Gibney suggests (don’t you just love that word “suggests” as if she is just some randomer standing at the 11 bus stop) that the state might do well to examine whether certain “internet platforms” are perhaps “profiteering from the polarisation of views on line.”

Which of course begs the question what constitutes “polarisation of views”? Whatever happened to diversity of opinion and all that? Because let’s be honest here, what Gibney and other professional equalitarians and racial entrepreneurs really mean by polarised views and extreme views are just views which they do not like, and which would get your arse quickly uninvited to dinners where nice good people talk about equality and all.

In the interests of full disclosure (by me, you may not see this on RTÉ) Gibney used to work as the leader of Google Ireland’s “social responsibility” section. Google of course has several times been exposed for its less than even-handed approach to what people who use its search engines might see.

That was highlighted by a Project Veritas report on internet censorship during the referendum on the 8th amendment, where Google operated a “blacklist” of a significant number of videos on YouTube ahead of the vote,  and interfered with search results – manipulating what voters saw when they searched using terms like “unborn life” and “abortion is wrong”.

Google was also discovered to have collaborated with the Chinese Communist Party in removing references to democracy and Taiwan in its Chinese search engine. Is this the sort of anti-polarisation measures that some people wish to see here?

Gibney concludes her contribution to the piece by again, just off the top of her head and nothing to do with being CEO of a state quango, saying that “Ireland needs to consider its role as a country which houses internet platforms”. Which ones? The West Highland Terrier Owners Group maybe? Or the nefarious Art Deco Collectors?

It’s really just more of the “passive aggressive” approach to what they really want, which is to shut up anyone who has the temerity to question where all this is really directed. Just have the courage to say you want to ban x, y and z and stop asserting that it’s all about tackling hate or violence.

Which brings us to another act that is guaranteed minor billing – like the really bad ventriloquists who opened for Buster Keaton in vaudeville – when this sort of thing is being trotted out ad nauseum. I give you the Irish Network Against Racism. To borrow a phrase from Ned Flanders when he rounded on little Lisa Simpson. “The answer to the question nobody ever asked.”

Whenever there’s a bob to be turned or a scary kite to be flown these lads who get paid out of the public purse to collect tales of racial abuse are never to be found wanting. In 2019, they had 174 reports of racism or something. That’s less than one every two days. Or one for every €805.99 they were given mostly by the taxpayer to collect such information. They could have given all of the victims a nice holiday instead.

Besides which, there is already a police and judicial service to deal with incidents of actual racial violence. There is no need for the taxpayer to be sub-venting unemployed leftie activists to tell us all of this. In France, which seems more divided on cultural issues by the day, a recent poll showed that a majority of people agreed with a letter from some of the country’s top generals which asserted that some of those beating a “certain anti-racism” was making hatred between communities worse.

That’s in France. Like the past, it might prove to be a different country. But insisting that one community is continually being victimised by another, because of ‘micro-aggressions’ or because (as has been claimed) our Gardaí are behaving in a racist way, doesn’t seem the way towards building a cohesive society.

RTÉ doesn’t seem to have any series planned about how welcoming Ireland has been in that regard. So we wait instead with great anticipation the next tales of woe that will be bestowed upon us by Ailbhe. For me, I might just tune out for the rest of it. If that’s okay with the hall monitors.


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