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Irish Statement in Support of #blacklivesmatter

category international | racism & migration related issues | press release author Friday June 05, 2015 17:39author by @irishstatement Report this post to the editors

We the undersigned Irish people stand for the human rights of Black people in Baltimore and across the U.S.

We stand with the families and friends and all those struggling for justice for Freddie Gray, Carlos Alcis, Clinton Allen, Wendell Allen, Raymond Allen, Anthony Anderson, Alonzo Ashley, Jordan Baker, Orlando Barlow, Cedric Bartee, Ronald Beasley.....

We the undersigned Irish people stand for the human rights of Black people in Baltimore and across the U.S.

We stand with the families and friends and all those struggling for justice for Freddie Gray, Carlos Alcis, Clinton Allen, Wendell Allen, Raymond Allen, Anthony Anderson, Alonzo Ashley, Jordan Baker, Orlando Barlow, Cedric Bartee, Ronald Beasley, Sean Bell, Alan Blueford, Rekia Boyd, Rumain Brisbon, James Brisette, Anna Brown, Michael Brown, Raheim Brown, Aaron Campbell, Miriam Carey, Kiwane Carrington, Chavis Carter, Kenneth Chamberlain, McKenzie Cochran, Erica Collins, John Crawford, Reynaldo Cuevas, Michelle Cusseaux, Jordan Davis, Shantel Davis, Amadou Diallo, Nehemiah Dillard, Patrick Dorismond, Reginald Doucet, Ervin Edwards, Sharmel Edwards, Delores Epps, DeAunta Farrow, Malcolm Ferguson, Jonathan Ferrell, Deion Fludd, Ezell Ford, Shereese Francis, Shelly Frey, Eric Garner, Henry Glover, Pearlie Golden, Ramarley Graham, Oscar Grant, Kimani Gray, Akai Gurley, LaTanya Haggerty, Mya Hall, Kenneth Harding, Darnesha Harris, Eric Harris, Yuvette Henderson, Danroy Henry, Larry Jackson, Kendra James, Ervin Jefferson, Kathryn Johnston, Aiyana Jones, Derrick Jones, Prince Jones, Charly Keunang, Manuel Loggins, Ronald Madison, Trayvon Martin, Thaddeus McCarroll, Kendrec McDade, Travares McGill, Natasha McKenna, Tyisha Miller, Earl Murray, Dante Parker, Kajieme Powell, Dante Price, Darren Rainey, Tamir Rice, Tamon Robinson, Tony Robinson, Mackala Ross, Aura Rosser, Timothy Russell, Walter Scott, Queniya Shelton, Yvette Smith, Alberta Spruill, Timothy Stansbury, Victor Steen, Timothy Thomas, Alesia Thomas, Shem Walker, Johnnie Warren, Steven Washington, Shulena Weldon, Tyrone West, Victor White, Derek Williams, Malissa Williams, Tarika Wilson, Tyree Woodson, Ousmane Zongo, and the many names we do not know but should.

We stand with all survivors of racist state and vigilante violence.

We stand with Black political prisoners who have been punished for resisting anti-blackness.

We stand for the transformation of laws, institutions, and society to bring justice to Black people. State and vigilante violence against Black people is rampant and entrenched, widespread and deep-seated. The case for justice is horrifically obvious yet pervasively dismissed and deferred.

Many of us have been participating in various actions, across the country and around the world, as individuals, human beings, socialists, anti-racists, members of social justice organizations. But now with the developments in Baltimore, an historically Irish-American city in a colony historically friendly to Irish-Catholics, with a former mayor, governor and 2016 presidential candidate who strongly self-identifies as Irish and has claimed inspiration from the Irish liberation struggle, and a self-identified Irish-American President, we feel compelled to speak out as Irish people and to encourage other Irish people to do so as well. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

To date, the silence of Irish-American organizations on the epidemic of anti-black police brutality is deafening. We reiterate Daniel O’Connell’s question to the Irish in the U.S. more than 170 years ago: “How can the generous, the charitable, the humane, the noble emotions of the Irish heart, have become extinct among you?”

We believe the time is now for Irish people to live up to their values and history. To paraphrase Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, get yourselves sorted out and stand on the right side here. #blacklivesmatter stood with Irish people at this year’s Bloody Sunday March for Justice in Derry and we must stand with them now, here, in the U.S. Not speaking and acting against these state sanctioned murders of Black people is contrary to the values of our own liberation struggle. We call on all those who are proud to be Irish to live up to the name.

Resist the racist justification of these injustices as the Irish resisted and continue to resist anti-Irish racism. Fight for Black liberation as the Irish fought and continue to fight for Irish liberation.

If you do not, the values you hold dear—freedom, equality, self-determination—will be hopelessly corrupted. As Dr. King said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As Daniel O’Connell said “wherever there is oppression, I hate the oppressor” (as quoted in The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass).

In writing this statement we make no claims to a particularly strong tradition of Irish solidarity with Black people, but it is written with the recognition that our histories and our freedoms are forever entwined by the events of the past 500 years.

We will not condemn the young people who are fighting anti-blackness on the streets of Baltimore and across the U.S. We will not tell Black people in the U.S. how to resist. We support resistance by any means necessary and by any means effective. We focus our attention on the violence and collusion of the state and we call on other Irish people to do the same.

We do not see our stand as simply one of moral conscience. Anti-blackness is not something which only affects ‘others’. We make this statement with the full knowledge that there are tens of thousands of Irish people of color in the U.S. who are subject to the threat of imminent violence; whose lives are not valued by a white supremacist state. We see and recognize and bleed with those Irish people of color who are fighting for their lives. We demand that those Irish people who are categorized as white support the #blacklivesmatter movement in whatever way they can. Sign this statement. Help to raise awareness. Attend a rally or march. Contribute to a bereaved family’s legal fund or protester bail funds. Invite #blacklivesmatter activists to give a talk at your local. Participate in direct action.

Now is the time for Irish people in the U.S. to answer the question discussed by our people in Derry with #blacklivesmatter founder Patrisse Cullors earlier this year: “which side of history are Irish people going to be on?” We, the undersigned Irish people—in the tradition of those Irish who acted in solidarity with Black people in the U.S. like Eleanor Butler, Edward Fitzgerald, Mary Ann McCracken, Daniel O’Connell, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Eugene Boyle, Baltimore’s own Berrigan brothers and Mary Moylan—answer that we stand with you for justice.

If you’d like to add your name to this statement, please email

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author by Aoife Ni Fhearghailpublication date Sat Sep 26, 2015 21:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's not just USA which is a white supremacist state (despite having nominally Black leader Obama, who is lackey to the Corporation and the Man's interests).

Our so-called republic is also a racist state. Direct Provision, women of Colour dying in their droves in Irish Catholic Maternity Hospitals. The denial of the right to choose, disproportional affecting women of Colour in Ireland. Our refusal to accept our fair share of refugees caused by the war mongerers our elected representatives know--tow to.

Make no mistake, Ireland is a racist state.

author by dupedpublication date Sun Sep 27, 2015 21:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

what exactly is "our fair share" of refugees anyway?

we didn't start the wars in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan
or support corrupt regimes in nigeria and other african countries
which we wanted oil, coltan and other raw materials from
And we didn't sell everyone loads of weapons to kill each other with.

So why are we expected to clean up after other warmongering psychopaths that did this stuff?

Last I heard, there is plenty of room in america, Saudi arabia, france, UK.
Give em all green cards and UK/french/saudi passports. If you break it you own it.

we are already living with a chronically inefficient and underfunded health service and education system
and have a huge unemployment and housing problem. The government has no money for special needs assistants
for disabled people, or for the mentally ill.

So where are we expected to get the money to support thousands of new subscribers to these systems all of a sudden?

And if these people are placed in the already unfit for purpose asylum system, how will that affect those already suffering in it at present
if we pile thousands of people in with them?

And these people will be our responsibility for generations. Have people worked out the total multi generational cost of taking these folk on?
No, I thought not.

What is the agendas here? I know the likes of Peter Sutherland are up to no good, and that they couldn't give a flying fuck about
poor brown people, just low wages, engineering a lack of social cohesion and hence weakening resistance to corporate edicts such as TTIP

Germany needs young people to keep it's economy going, but we don't. So why should we help them solve a problem of their own making here.
They didn't break their asses trying to help us when we needed it. They just blackmailed us into bailing out their banks bad gambling debts

author by Aoife Ni Fhearghailpublication date Sat Feb 27, 2016 19:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Don't believe that Ireland is not part of the global coalition of imperialists that started the wars, that use racism as a tool to deflect attention from the real problems (corrupt bankers, underfunding of public services, corruption) and to continue the status quo.

Racism is alive and well in Ireland.

We are a racist state, our treatment of the few refugees who manage to make it here is terrible. Direct Provision will be looked upon in the future as a crime against humanity.

It's about time we started letting in more people from war torn countries and treating them properly when they get here.

author by Gerpublication date Sun Feb 28, 2016 15:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Aoife , you have bought into this racism malarky,its a easy way to divide and conquer people,when the plebs wake up and expose the agenda of the open borders extremists,who by the way get more funding off the EU when more ''migrants'' are taken in....These NGO's do it to feather their nests and nothing more,they genuinely do not care about racism,all they care about is EU funding...So they will concoct stories about the irish being the most racist country on the planet and how it would be in Ireland's best interests to take in more bogus refugees...The truth is we are a SMALL NATION,and cannot play clean up from the fall out of places like Libya and Syria etc,we just do not have the resoruces,in case you didn't notice we are a banana republic and can BARELY GOVERN OURSELVES...Bringing in medevil muslims from a death cult will only make it worse and exagerrate our already existing problems - like people on hospital trolleys,welfare,schooling etc..Of course it is easy to turn around and say ''RACIST'' , ''RACIST'' - But the truth is we cannot handle the problems from the fallout of these war-torn countries....

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