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!
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!
He Was IRISH and THICK!
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!
ARE YOU A RACIST?
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