posted on Jul, 13 2015 @ 04:59 PM
I have a theory about this. About destructive and constructive culture, and I believe that this particular loyalist culture is inherently
exclusionary, triumphilist and sectarian. This isn't a country of just protestants and catholics, loaylists and nationalists anymore. We have indian
sikhs, iranian jews, australian muslims, people from everywhere and they feel, on this particular day of the year, threatened.
It's no secret that racist attacks go largely unchecked in loyalist areas of Belfast, by both police and politicians, as they are hard to prove, and
foreigners aren't gonna vote DUP anyway. I've lived in a student area just off the village, and have personally witnessed the "whites only" spray
painted on houses after people have been forced out.
This pride that we feel, as british people in northern ireland, is totally misplaced. We rejoice in the tiumph of a conquerer some 325 years ago, and
are largely ignorant of the history of and the politics of the time, just as we are of them now. We haven't a clue actually, there are 5 israeli flags
on my street, below the union flag. What the hell is that all about, are we just so indoctrinated to hate catholics that we have to hate anything that
resembles the conflict at home? Do we support Israel because at least that position justifies our own murderous history?
I wouldn't be so annoyed, but we're teaching this to our kids. "We hate them coz they're tryin to take away our britishness." No, our britishness is
something that Britain left behind long ago, I've never seen a band march around a church in London, singing songs about killing them. Unless it was
the EDL acting asshats around a mosque, and we really shouldn't aspire to them. We let idiots like Jamie Bryson represent us, a kid who I'd stake my
left nut hasn't picked up a book in his life.
I walked down the Lisburn road to go to work today, as I have every 12th of July for the last 5 years, and heard the same old garbage. "Knee deep in
fenian blood" is a popular lyric, with buckfast in one hand and a baby in the other. Passing the bile to the new generation. This isn't about
celebration of culture. This is an excuse to be a bigot for a day.
As a contrast, I was invited to a Feile festival (I think it's called that) last year, and I swear it was a new atmosphere. Genuine celebration,
barely a tricolour in sight, not one mention of "the brits" or "the ra". Just a celebration of people who are comfortable in their own skin. it was