Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association were
flagging up the situation of republican prisoners.
I worked to quell the cynic within me which was saying
still holding up traffic. While supporting
the demands of such prisoners for segregation I wish
they would desist from whatever it is that causes
them to go to prison to begin with."
causes them to go to prison? Nationalism, patriotism,
a strong sense of identity, of community. The searing
memories of centuries of oppression, discrimination,
terrorisation, genocide, bigotry, sectarianism.
you, I do hope that soon, the children of Ireland
know of the above inhumanities only from history books.
I am not optimistic, but I do manage to hold on to
an aside, it seems to me that the people of Ireland
insist on comparing Ireland's long-standing woes with
America's blacks. Why!? In a stark contrast, the blacks
rarely ever resisted their bondage (possibly because
they endured bondage at the hands of their neighboring
tribes back in Africa), rather tending to accept it
as their lot. Slavery in America was more economic
expediency than institutionalised racism.
I do not know, for I have never been to Belfast, but
I would tend to dismiss the label of "City of
Hate" applied to Belfast. Perhaps a city where
hatred is all too often displayed, but one where also
(I hope) love, kindness, brotherhood, community are
also experienced. Perhaps I am only blindly optimistic,
preferring to insist that there is good in everyone
- yes, even the likes of Paisley, Robinson, Trimble,
Thatcher, Major, and others. As for a "United
Ireland by 2016", I think not, but maybe in my
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