I think we're well past your definition of racism and we ain't going back. It's essentially anything that offends now, even if there isn't any malice or attempt to treat differently.Duff Paddy wrote:That’s not racism though. Or “microaggression”. No matter how many times the extremists on twitter try to tell us it is. Racism is making prejudiced decisions against an individual belonging to a group to their detriment. Asking an innocent friendly question is not racism. The thought police are trying to redefine the word to a ridiculous standard.Nolanator wrote:The discussion about racism in Ireland isn't about police profiling and generational disadvantages, but less obvious stuff like "where are you originally from?" as a default question to a black person with an Irish accent.
I think that's fair enough. It's a default position I would have had a number of years ago because I was exposed to exactly zero black Irish people in my childhood (that I actually met, not counting Paul McGrath or Phil Lynott etc.).
Take ER's example from the other day where he identified a kid based on colour and got daggers from everyone else. I remember, ridiculously, trying to avoid the same with my kids to identify the only black man they knew at the time so as not to give them the impression it's ok to single out people by colour but in reality it should be no different than identifying someone by any other characteristic. This is the real difficulty with BLM. Every time this comes up the black movement, in an attempt not to be seen as different, set themselves up as different.