Moment of Clarity

This is a comment I left on an article in the Clare People.

First, well done to Sister Joan Lee for telling it like it is. Second, brickbats for the journalist who wrote the report, but in fairness he takes a more reasonable stance in the comments.

Andrew places the adjective “racist” used by Sister Joan Lee (a great rock ‘n’ roll name, but that’s beside the point) in quotation marks, but describes the protest itself as peaceful without any quotation marks. Well, you can’t have a peaceful racist protest. Or maybe you can. Imagine: “The Ku Klux Klan today held a peaceful protest outside a school full of black children”. Is that peaceful? Answers on a postcard.

Third, this is regrettably the sort of competition for resources that ruling class interest seeks to encourage. Maybe the facilities in the school are not adequate for the children who go there. But is that the fault of the children? Why should where the child was born have anything to do with their right to an education? All children have a right to an education. What the law says about their status has nothing to do with it. If they go to school there, that’s where they’re from. The idea that people are illegal is a product of a state that robs people of a livelihood so that they can pay untold billions to banks. This idea gets exploited by people who won’t stand up to the state or the people that control it in search of a decent livelihood for all, but who turn -out of fear, perhaps- to the weakest and most vulnerable members of society instead. “Don’t go after me – go after *them*”. These people should be shunned, and explained the error of their ways.

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9 Responses to “Moment of Clarity”


  1. 1 Sweary November 25, 2010 at 10:38 am

    This pisses me off so much I’ll be writing about it. Peaceful protest my arse. There’s not a whole lot you can do with people as fucking stupid as the “concerned parents” behind this. It is unadulterated racism, make no mistake about it.

    By the way, it’s Sr. JOHN Lee. The Clare People got that one wrong!

  2. 3 Hugh Green November 25, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Sr John Lee! Even better! Like John Lee Hooker, only a nun.

  3. 4 Eoin O'Mahony November 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Funny, I thought it sounded more like a Nick Cave release.

    In any case, this is the reiteration of something we saw in the Dublin region in the last couple of years. Interesting to note that O’Neill’s racism extends to questioning if the Brazilians in the town are sending their money to Brazil instead of investing it locally. Does this man have so much ‘pride’ for his local people that he can forget its history?

    The mention of favelas and plantation is indeed a moment of clarity. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  4. 5 Mark November 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

    “These people should be shunned, and explained the error of their ways.”

    I don’t think we’ll get much enlightenment from the Clare People. This week’s editorial headline was “The country is fucked”. How eloquent. A hothouse of intellectualism. Their proposed solution? Support the economy by buying the local newspaper. Yeah, maybe then they’ll be able to afford to pay a proof reader (or even a word processor with a spell-checker).

  5. 8 Eoin November 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Sure Mark, desperate times call for desperate measures. Like good spelling and diction. I’m glad the Clare People can call it when it needs to.

  6. 9 Mark November 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

    OK, spelling would be a bonus, I’d settle for coherence. Have you tried to read the thing? It’s like an episode of Blankety Blank trying to fill in the missing words. The court reports are hilarious. It’s amazing how the casual omission of the word “not” can totally change the meaning of a piece.


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