The Shame of Ireland

The Shame of Ireland

I don't normally examine or share my psyche with anyone except my my nearest and dearest and closest friends,


Am I a Racist?  No!

That's what I always believed!

Black , Pakistani, Chinese, Different Skin colours I accepted them so I'm not a Racist!

Er NO!

while being unemployed in the late 1980's  I found myself working for a Government Funded Initiative helping the Vulnerable Unemployed become Self Employed!

I had a Social Conscience so I applied strict Criteria and Analysis my Objective was to make sure that no one Suffered?

Did we Succeed?

To be Honest I don't Know!

We raised over £2,500,000 Largely in Unsecured Loans!

I think it was about 450 Businesses over 3 Years.  So they had no assets to seize! And Walk away Power!

I'd be lying if I said I could remember his name but a young man (Around my age) Came in and said He wanted to set up a mobile Fish and Chip van!

He knew the Business!

He Knew the Demography of his Customer Base!

He'd Calculated his Routes and Prime Target Area's!

The Sums Added Up and the Cash-flow was Realistic!

BUT ! .............     I had a problem that kept me awake at Night!

It was Doomed to Failure!

It Wouldn't Work!

I did lose Sleep over it!

I was always Mindful of my Role in the Future of Others1

We even Negotiate Debt Right off's for Failures we had had a hand in!

So WHY did I think He couldn't do it?

My Name is Patrick!

"Call Me Paddy!"

Yip! I was a Racist!


This was the Moment in my Life that I Realised that Racism isn't About Colour!

It was about Cultural Stereo Types that get into your Head!

There are no more Stupid Irish People than any other Nationality!

I am eternally Grateful for this Lesson in life!


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Comment by jack colleton on September 7, 2016 at 0:42

Awesome Story!

Comment by Rob Northall on September 7, 2016 at 0:45

Sadly It's True!

If I Never had the Opportunity to Confront this?

My head would be permanently in that Space!

I count my Blessings every day and Analyse my feelings constantly!

Comment by jack colleton on September 7, 2016 at 0:54

Red Hair And Freckles Was Disliked By Too Many People For Too  Long A Time! 

Comment by Andrew Brennan on September 7, 2016 at 7:35

Well it's the headgear people put on their heads that got me ... no, no, not the burqua but the pointy hat that ArchBigot McQuaid was so fond of.

Comment by jack colleton on September 7, 2016 at 9:16

Ah Yes Hats Like That Can Act As Triggers.

Comment by micheal on September 7, 2016 at 11:21

Good honest post if more people in the world were prepared to take a hard look at them selves be a lot less bother in the world.

Comment by micheal on September 7, 2016 at 11:22

Jack red rules :-)

Comment by catherine ryan on September 7, 2016 at 12:45

There comes a time in everyones life when they must examine the effects of family/school/cultural conditioning. Even with the best of intentions of those involved in our childhood-young adulthood we are loaded down with the bias of others & a bad experience with someone from a different culture leaves an unconscious wariness about that culture. More of this sort of self-examination would result in a healthier attitude to others.

Comment by jack colleton on September 7, 2016 at 13:31

I Think Michael That There Was This Shame Of Red Hair And Freckles.

Comment by jack colleton on September 7, 2016 at 13:32

Yes I Think Rob's Post Is Brave And Inspiring Also.

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