Racists are not happy when their victims will not be quiet and accept their allotted role as lesser beings.
In the Deep South of the United States the “Uppity Nigger” was something that could not be allowed by all right thinking white folks.
Soon those “folks” maybe ruled by their worst nightmare.
I hope that comes to pass.
I have the facility of allowing or not allowing comments onto this site.
This is a power that the victim of racism usually doesn’t have the luxury of.
Where the comments have been non-abusive and non-threatening I have approved them.
People are free not to agree with me as I reserve the right to disagree with them.
However that liberal attitude to a lively debate is a red rag to a racist bull.
The people who have objected to my opposition to the “Famine Song” do not believe I have the right to object.
That is what the famine song is all about.
It reflects the 19th century Punch cartoon view that Victorian Britain had of Irish people. Probably only among the rougher elements of Rangers supporters do those attitudes to Irish people still persist.
Like the poor white trash of America when they see successful African Americans they long for the days when the blacks “knew their place”.
The Irish of the global gaeltacht are no longer Britain’s victims.
We are a success story of the third wave of the info sphere and the de-massified media. Alvin Toffler could have written for the script for this new Irish Diaspora.
The Rangers supporters who sing the “Famine Song” with such gusto hark back to an old culture of the certainties of the British Empire where the Irish had no choice, but to know their place. In that world the community that supported Rangers had a few more crumbs from the imperial table. A few extra crumbs were all that it took. They were not the bottom of the pile in Clydeside in the old days. Rangers football club throughout most of the 20th century did not field players who were known to be Catholics. Recently a Rangers player from the 1960s Sandy Jardine said when he arrived at the club in 1964 there were no Catholics at the club even in the backroom staff. It wasn’t a written policy, but that is how the place operated. Everyone knew, everyone understood. That was the emotional contract with the paying public. The world tilted slightly since 1989 when Rangers, under a new management team signed an ex-Celtic player Maurice Johnston who is a catholic.
Since then many Rangers players have been Catholics these players have been from France, Italy and Spain as well, of course, from Scotland. Their religion has not been an issue. Rangers first catholic captain was Italian Lorenzo Amoruso. The Rangers supporters took him to their hearts. His religion wasn’t an issue, nor of course should it have been. Amoruso embodied what was at the core of the Ibrox psychosis. That Lorenzo Amoruso was a catholic was, at the end of the day, no big deal. What their captain could not be was an Irish catholic. For a player to be able to say he was a Rangers and Republic of Ireland international is simply an appalling vista for the hordes who lustily belt out the “Famine song”. There are Catholics in Scotland of Italian descent as there are Catholics of Irish descent. The Ibrox hatred is aimed at the latter. In my writings in the Irish Post in the 1990s I made this point again and again. This is about ethnicity and nationality in Glasgow not about religion.
Rangers football club has issued a statement saying that if their fans sing “The Famine song” at a match then they are in danger of being arrested for a “racial breach of the peace.” This was the advice that Rangers had received from the Scottish police.
So the police think this song is racist.
When Rangers were formed in 1873 Britain was the world’s unrivalled global superpower. It is hard to imagine that now. Within this archipelago the Catholic Irish were clearly first of many victims of that empire. That is why Irish people have a natural affinity with so many other peoples who also were forced to live under the union flag. Happily that flag is almost gone from the planet as a symbol of imperialism.
Rangers as an institution grew up in the early 20th century to be a power in the land as a focus for anti-Irish sentiment in Glasgow. The Irish of early 20th century Britain, especially on the Clyde, would be analogous to how some people view British born Muslims today. The Irish were always the enemy within for imperial Britain par excellance.
The world has moved on, but a section of the Ibrox support is still caught in that time warp. Scottish journalist Graham Speirs, himself a Rangers supporter and committed Christian, said that the Ibrox club had a “white underclass attached to them. They are financially and intellectually impoverished.” Speirs, who said this in a radio show just after Rangers fans had rioted in Manchester at the UEFA cup final, has become a hate figure for the representatives of this underclass who have access to a computer.
Their anger that has poured onto soccer message boards and onto this site over the last 24 hrs since my interview on Real Radio is a manifestation of their frustration that a culture is changing and they don’t like it. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=philbhoy&search_type=&aq=f
It is always a good sign when racists are angry.
They are angry because they are impotent.
Contented racists are a sign that the oppressor has power over the oppressed.
That is no longer the case. That is why the hatred and abuse now pours into this site like so much toxic waste.
I will only allow those into public view if their missives are civil, polite and capable of basic sentence structure.