Who are the activists and the NGOs who have contributed to stirring up tensions in the past week, especially around the suggestion that bias might have motivated Garda actions leading to the death of George Nkencho? And why are so many of them funded by the hard-pressed Irish tax-payer?
These people range from elected TDs to an assortment of NGO apparatchiks, some presented as experts on integration and multiculturalism.
One of the more chilling things to emerge is the extent to which the lie that Ireland is a deeply racist society seems to have been sold to some young second generation Africans and others.
In that “narrative”, the killing of George Nkencho is little to do with his own actions, but is instead a reflection of racism in Irish policing policy – which is in itself reflective of endemic racism in Irish society. In the absence of actual evidence, this now seems to be partly based on the myth that we as a people were complicit in the trans Atlantic slave trade, a distortion of history peddled by the Irish Times amongst others.
The young man in the video above is the one who needs to learn his history. Those who were living in Ireland and in receipt of slave payments were colonisers who considered themselves British. Even a cursory examination of Irish history would make that obvious.
It is, of course, just another false narrative in the entire corpus of the ideology that is being promoted by a rather unusual coalition of lefties, liberal bourgeois journalists, and opinion makers all with their own agenda. The truth is that a native African is far more likely to be descended from slavers rather than slaves.
But once this myth is accepted, then are all protesters merely a formerly oppressed people seeking justice? Are rioters then justified in terrifying women shopping in Blanchardstown, or trapping shoppers in a Spar while shouting “I hope you die, you fucking white bastard”? Is it a case of the Irish slavers had it coming to them?
For the extreme left, stirring racial tension it is another means to create unrest and hopefully boost votes by posing as the champions of the oppressed. For the bourgeois liberals, it bolsters their own sense that they are part of some faux cosmopolitanism – which also happens to bolster the bank accounts of the low wage employers and rack renting landlords of the same background.
The rest of us; the majority that comprises the Irish nation, would appear to have either two choices. We either shut the hell up and keep our heads down and nod at every cliché that escapes the lips of some overpaid RTE hack or political grafter, or we self isolate into the ghetto that the “elite” have consigned the non-compliant in every other western state following the same script.
However, what was also interesting in the past week was the backlash against the politicians and NGOs and commentators whose insistence that Ireland is a racist country has real consequences for ordinary people who are not living in Dalkey or Donnybrook.
One could almost sense the shock of some of those used to railing without fear of contradiction as their smug provocative tweets were thrown back into their faces, in great part by their own voters. Sinn Féin were clever enough to impose a media silence on elected representatives on the issue, which may, of course, further aggravate many of their extremist activist base.
Others, like Bríd Smith, were more forthcoming. The People Before Profit TD posted in a Facebook post around the shooting in Clonee that locals had experienced racism from police and was roasted by the vast majority of people in some 13,000 comments including what seemed to be many local people who said she’d lost their vote for good.
But questions also need to be asked about the fact that many of the leading provocateurs are in taxpayer-funded positions. They are stirring up racial tensions on our tab. TDs, for all we might disagree with them, do at least have to put themselves forward for re-election. They have skin in the game.
There is no downside for the NGO agitators. No-one is going to sack them, nor limit or withdraw the funding they receive from the taxpayer via a comprador state.
Mark Malone is a would-be witch hunter on the left. He was the main instigator in closing down of a GoFundMe account for a teenage boy who was the victim of a vicious assault in Carrigaline last year for refusing to hand over €2 to members of a gang. Left-wing agitators insisted that anyone who shared the video of the disturbing glass stabbing – which was shot by the assailants – was racist because the perpetrators were black and the victim was white. Malone also likes to “dox” members of the “far right” which seems to include anyone who does not share his views.
So what does the bould Mark do for a living? His adventures in “social entrepreneurial” shebeens and squats like Seomra Spraoi and The Barricade Inn were failures, mainly due to the anti-social elements who frequented them. But fear not. Gone are the days when anarchists shifted for themselves. Citizen Malone’s activism is funded by his nine to five as Communications Officer with Comhlámh.
Comhlámh received almost $500,000 from the Department of Foreign Affairs Irish Aid in 2019. It also gets money from the Soros Open Society foundation and the EU Commission. It employed ten people including Malone in 2019.
Malone retweeted a long thread from sociologist Dr Lucy Michael which said that police shootings are often impacted by a bias that says people of African descent are more aggressive, and noting the need to investigate if this bias may have contributed to the shooting of George Nkencho. Malone shared the thread with an approving “All of this.”
Dr Michael has come all the way from Keele University’s cutting edge social science department via the British Home Office (always a great friend to us Irish) to become a Commission member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission which is another sink hole for our money, to the tune of €6.75 million in 2019, of which €3.65 million went on wages, which I think includes “key management employee benefits” of €712,222.
She’s also a spokeswoman for Fingal Communities Against Racism, who shared Dr Ebun Joseph’s claim that “a young black man with mental health issues has been gunned down by the Gardai” with the hashtag #GardaViolence and #BlackLivesMatter.
Fingal Communities Against Racism also posted a notice advertising a Galway vigil that claimed George Nkencho had been murdered, and that his life was “stolen as a result of racism and hatred”. The activist group told protestors to “wear dark, loose-fitting clothes”, to conceal identifying features, and not to engage with Gardai.
Michael claimed that “policing of black communities worldwide suffers from this bias problem” referring to her assertion that police are quicker to act on a perceived threat to their lives in cases involving black people because of police biases that “perceive ethnic minorities, particularly those of African descent, as more aggressive”.
“The ongoing protests about the death of George Nkencho are as much about the wider community’s experiences of policing as the questions of access to justice which this particular case raises,” she wrote in the Irish Examiner.
She had nothing to say about the ordinary citizens of Blanchardstown who were trapped in their homes on New Year’s Eve because of the violence and chaos caused by said ‘ongoing protests’. There’s no government grant in representing working class people bearing the brunt of the violent outcomes that follow when racial tensions are running high.
Interestingly, here’s Lucy Michael with a very familiar face on a Young Fine Gael election canvass for Simon Coveney back in the day. As everyone knows, real discrimination is caused by ordinary people not having connections or being denied access to the closed network of the elite and powerful. Easier to shout about racism than acknowledge or dismantle that lack of diversity of course.
Leo Varadkar and Lucy Michael canvass the Cork train as part of the Dublin Canvass in the Cork South Central by-election in June 1999