As Galway City mourns the passing of two more young lives recently the onset of summer cannot come quick enough. Minds and bodies require some rejuvenation and the feel good factor that summer in Galway brings.
Yesterday’s front page of the Galway Advertiser opts to ignore the actual tragedy of recent days and instead pursues a narrative that depicts the city as akin to Johannesburg circa the Apartheid era. Instead of actually reporting on relevant news the people of Galway are AGAIN being told how horrible and racist they are.Galway is like a version of Texas in 1823 we are led to believe where innocent and meek foreign workers are being systematically abused and discriminated against, daily weekly and yearly.
No evidence, no statistics, nothing of any value or solid empirical data to back up these absurd claims that the Galway Advertiser consistently platforms.And again, we are being told that we are living in some racist infested hovel. The latest news from an unelected dishonourable and totally untrustworthy individual is that ‘racist incident report cards ‘ will be available for those who feel they are being discriminated simply because of the colour of their skin and their nationality.
This narrative, consistently facilitated by a community paper that is primarily a sales and advertising publication, tries to spin a tale of the city as full of ugly racists. How can any right-minded journalist who prides himself on balance and integrity allow this one sided pathological and misanthropic rubbish to be deemed credible is a mystery.
No. Galway is not a racist city. In fact, quite the opposite. It is a city where diversity is intrinsic. Galway is Ireland’s shining example of cosmopolitan multiculturalism and a few bored and insecure teenagers drinking cans of Galahad and calling names does not constitute a racist epidemic.
A recent attack on the mosque in Ballybrit revealed the superficiality of claims that Galway has a racist problem. Imam Ibrahim Noonan, a kind and warm hearted man was all too aware that this was the actions of a few misguided teenagers experimenting with alcohol for the first time. That’s what unruly teenagers do; they break glasses, throw stones and behave like idiots regardless of what colour or creed or race their targets are.This was not indicative of an underlying broader pattern of dislike towards Galway’s Muslim community.
The skewed and hateful assault on the city’s image has been facilitated by the Galway Advertiser for years now and it simply must stop. Why on earth would you allow such hateful views from people who literally have no integrity on a personal level whatsoever?
What gives anyone the right to harshly judge others and categorise them as racist or sexist or homophobic without solid, concrete evidence? Those who point fingers must ensure their own hands are clean otherwise they devalue the message they adopt and undermine the real complaints of real victims of real discrimination.
But that’s the problem with left politics in the West of Ireland and beyond these days. Long abandoned by the working-class communities and indeed the modern precariat of urban areas these finger- pointing malcontents are reduced to depicting our societies and communities as inherently bad and evil and discriminatory. It celebrates victimhood and incriminates society at large for their own personal grudges and failures.
The left, or rather what’s left of the left, in this city are a sad sorry bunch, utterly devoid of any of the principles of early Irish militant socialism, the antithesis of the ideals of Larkin and Connolly. These are essentially keyboard warriors, the kind of people who engage in pointless back and forth online arguments because they are suffering from personal existentialist pain and upset of some description.
Hosting tiny meetings in bathrooms of dinghy drug riddled pubs and telling each other how racist and sexist and homophobic the rest of society is, these self martyred narcissistic un- qualified, unelected angry little men appoint themselves as superior to the law when it suits them; but make no mistake these self-styled anti capitalists will run to the police station when confronted over their hateful misleading propaganda.
The narcissism inherent in these posturing, preening middle class children of ingratitude was again on display recently when making anonymous, outrageous and totally unproven allegations about a local man.
The same group of ‘activists’ were also pathetic enough to organise hanging a repeal the 8th flag over the Cathedral last year. Just think of the effort and planning that would have involved. Think of serious faces actually believing that defacing a building largely frequented by Galway’s elderly population is a credible piece of political action. Brainwashed into believing a marvellous piece of architecture is a symbol for a malevolent patriarchy intent on mass oppression. The attitude of the left involves extreme over simplification of society, dividing us up into two polarised groups in adversarial positions of ideological extremes.
The reality is much more sobering and involves a complexity beyond the kind of mind who thinks hanging a used blanket on a beautiful building is a potent political action.
This relentless pathological misanthropy of course barely registers for most people who can instinctively recognise the utter lack of utility in engaging with such nonsense. But it is important that local newspapers start exercising some quality control and cease providing a quick and easy platform for this hateful anti Galway disinformation.
Making sweeping negative statements about the profile of a positive vibrant city like Galway requires real evidence and real research. The finest sociological and psychological researchers must be employed to initiate long term research and investigation into issues that are far beyond the comprehension of these little puppies who are all bark and no bite and who are not qualified to deliver any judgements themselves.
Instead of telling us what’s wrong with the world these people should focus on fixing themselves.
Otherwise it may be time to organise the inaugural AGM of Galway Citizens Against People Who Are Always Calling Galway People Racist Network.
We are not racist in this city.
And its time the Galway Advertiser stopped telling us we are.