We shouldn’t be shocked by what we have witnessed over these past weeks. Another life after life has be cut short and police brutality, documented widely, has proven why the US justice system has a sickness that corrupts it – Racism.
Racism is systematic and excessive force and police brutality has been an example of just how far removed the justice system has become from what it should represent.
Violence and murder is NOT law and order.
Fáilte Refugees stands in solidarity with all victims of police brutality, racism and discrimination and reminds readers that while we watch in shock the violence and far-right in America – we must understand that Ireland is not blameless either.
Direct Provision is a racist system that has vulnerable people treated like just a number – cases of abuse, mismanagement and neglect are not mere exceptions and asylum seekers are deliberately left isolated and cut off from society, often in poor conditions where strict curfews and mealtimes leave people infantilised and without the freedom to live in some normality.
As well as reflecting on racist systems elsewhere in the world – we need to look at ourselves and our neighbours at home. Hate crime and racism is continuing to grow in Ireland and it will take a joint effort to stand against it.
Racism and discrimination goes against what our country stands for – we should be a land of welcome and of people who have a present and long history of migration, mass emigration and the need for refuge.
Let us not forget that.
Let us not forget that
BLACK LIVES MATTER
For more information see:
No Hate Ireland
Irish Network Against Racism