Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Loyalists want black woman to leave home

Loyalist culture It seems not only are loyalists sectarian to the core, but they're also racist as well.

UTV reports that a black woman may be
forced to quit a loyalist housing estate after her home was daubed with shocking racist slogans.

According to the article...

Alison Antoine, 34, woke today to find the words "Die N****r" spray-painted on the front of the house in Stiles, Antrim.

A swastika, the Nazi SS symbol and "White Power" were also scrawled on the Housing Executive property at Rathkyle where she has lived for four years.

Ms Antoine said: "I'm sick of it and don't know what to do.

"I'm frightened to walk out onto the street unless I have someone with me."

The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities described it as one of the worst incidents of race hate it had encountered.

Executive director Patrick Yu said: "Normally they distribute leaflets, but this time it is targeting a specific family. It's very serious.

"Ms Antoine, originally from Grenada, moved to the North more than 10 years ago to be close to her partner Robert Jones's family.

Although the unemployed woman stressed most people in Antrim have caused her no trouble, she told how the intimidation from a minority has intensified.

A garden shed was burnt down and her kitchen windows smashed since she moved into the town, she said.

"I have been victimised because of my colour and had racist names shouted at me, but nothing like this," Ms Antoine added.

"I don't know why somebody has done this to me, I wish they would leave me alone.

"It's making me think about asking to move."

A Housing Executive order has been issued to have the graffiti removed on Wednesday.

The attack horrified Ken Wilkinson, a Progressive Unionist representative in Antrim.

Mr Wilkinson, whose party is aligned to the Ulster Volunteer Force, said the Loyalist Commission he sits on has attempted to stop the spread of racism by distributing leaflets and talking to youths.

"These people who come in the dead of night and target a vulnerable girl are scum," he said.

"They probably cheer on their favourite football team with five or six black players.

"My father and his brothers fought to defeat the swastika which represents the murder of six million people.

"When I see a swastika it insults me and it insults the people I represent.

"Mr Yu also insisted those responsible posed a major threat and urged any witnesses not to stay silent.

"Someone, somewhere saw something and they need to tell the police," he added.

"One of the difficulties of race-hate crime is when local police say nothing.

"A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman confirmed detectives were investigating a racist attack at Rathkyle.

He said: "Racist slogans were spray-painted on the wall."

"A man and woman were in at the time and it's thought the incident took place during the hours of 4am to 8am.

"Antrim police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 08456008000."

Wow. I guess I shouldn't be shocked at the activities of loyalists but I must admit that I'm shocked over this case. This is one of the most appalling stories I've read in a long time. To see this kind of racism is just so disheartening. My thoughts and sympathies are with Ms Antoine.

Loyalists want blacks as well as the Irish out
Only a narrow political outlook is allowed

I'm pleased to see the PUP's Ken Wilkinson condemn the attack but one has to question his sincerity when you consider the party he represents.

It is clear that racism remains a real problem for loyalists and the use of pro-Nazi symbols proves that pro-Nazi sentiments still exist within loyalist circles. In the past of course, many loyalists had sympathy with the Nazis and felt their outlook on Jews was one that should have been adopted towards Catholics. Henry McDonald in The Observer wrote an
interesting article in 2003 on how loyalists today have strong links with neo-Nazis in Lancashire, England. Clearly this pro-Nazi outlook remains very strong to this day.

One thing is for sure though, these people are an out and out disgrace. They not only disgrace Britishness but they disgrace society in general.

Shame on them. Racism can never be tolerated.


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