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when privileged groups want rights, safety, and respect, it’s called “basic human decency”

when oppressed groups want rights, safety, and respect, it’s called “social justice”



Some Irish Need Not Apply

Today I was spat on because I looked different.

‘And you’re a fucking chink!’

That’s how I was greeted today while hovering outside a hotel in Dublin City Centre while I waited for a friend. The group went by laughing, I exclaimed an exasperated ‘oh fuck off…’, one of the young boys then grabbed my face and shook it, I was spat on.

This was the first time I had received a physical racial assault – I was shook. I’m 21 and had become slightly desensitized to all the racial slurs I was thrown on a regular basis, but this was frightening. I felt humiliated taking the spit out of my hair and sadly no one came to my aid, or asked it I was ok, even on this bustling street.

I met with my friend and contemplated what had actually happened. The more I thought about it the more I got the courage to act. This was the time to do something, anything, to tackle the closemindedness of a nation who prided themselves on being ‘welcoming.’ There and then it truly was a lie.

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For a nation that knows well the tribulations that immigrants face in their battle for social acceptance what may be even more revealing than the spike in documented acts of racism is how the country defines citizenship. Irish immigrants, or Irish citizens who were not born on the island, cannot automatically confer citizenship to their children. A child born in Ireland is not entitled to citizenship unless at least one of his or her parents or grandparents was an Irish citizen and was born in Ireland. This law came under public scrutiny last May, when a resident Chinese couple’s three-year-old daughter, who was born in Ireland, was denied re-entry after a visit to her grandparents in China (she was ultimately allowed to return).

It is hard to imagine how equality can be attained when people born on the island to migrant parents do not have an automatic right to citizenship, while third-generation Irish-Americans are frequently granted citizenship rights based solely on their distant ancestral connection.

In contrast, the injustice done to Ms. Kavanagh seems unlikely to be given the sustained attention and discussion it deserves. “People say that I’ve played the ‘race card’ by highlighting it so much,” Ms. Kavanagh told me. “I’ve also had people use the phrase ‘there are worse things happening in the world,’ which obviously emphasizes my point that there are so many people out there who don’t see racism in Ireland as an issue.”

The group that assaulted her has been identified by the police, Ms. Kavanagh said, but no charges were brought against them.


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Alive for 27 years already, female, Dutch, catlady, dreamer, romantic, child at heart, nerd, atheist, speaks 4 languages (Dutch, English, German and Latin) and is currently learning Japanese and Mandarin.

Gender abolitionist, socialist, anti-kink, anti-porn, anti-racism, anti-xenophobia, pro-choice, pro religious freedom, supporter of LGB-rights.

Interested in different cultures, history, nature, philosophy, psychology, languages and sociology.

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