This post by the WEE GINGER DUG is well worth reading. I was particularly struck by this sentence
“What we like to call sectarianism is nothing more or less than anti-Irish racism, and it’s a form of racism which is and was practised by supporters of the British state and a British identity in Scotland”.
The same happened/happens in Northern Ireland. As in Scotland, it was/is fomented and encouraged by supporters of the British state and a British identity in Ireland.This week’s elections in NI will show us all how much support this policy currently has!
There is still no official referendum campaign, but the battle lines for Project Fear Mark II are being clearly drawn. Whereas Project Fear Mark I told Scotland that it shouldn’t become independent because it was too wee, too poor, and too stupid, Project Fear Mark II is telling Scotland it shouldn’t become independent because it is too wee, too poor, and too stupidly racist. One reason we’re racists, apparently, is because we’re not providing a safe space for British Unionists to call independence supporters racists.
Yesterday in the Guardian there was an article by a young Scottish black woman who pointed out Scotland’s history of racism. That bit of her article was correct. Scotland, like all European nations, has a history of racism. It’s not entirely clear what Scotland’s 18th century involvement in the slave trade says about the modern Scottish independence movement that it doesn’t also say about Scotland’s…
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