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Inappropriate, ludicrous and no real apology - is there no limit to the propagandist nonsense from Gerry Adams?

Published 05/05/2016

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Other people in public life have been sacked or been forced to resign for using the N-word - but not the Sinn Fein president. Because his party has no shame, writes Nelson McCausland.

Gerry Adams has certainly hit the international headlines in the last few days by his use of the notorious N-word. On Sunday night he watched the film Django Unchained, which is set in Texas in 1858, before the American Civil War, and he tweeted "Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy N*****." Later, he tweeted "Django - an uppity Fenian."

In so doing he likened the experience of a west Belfast nationalist in the 20th century to that of an African-American slave in pre-Civil War America.

It was a ludicrous comparison, but not to Adams. It was a crass and a crude comparison, but not to Adams. He simply saw it as another opportunity to rewrite history and to portray nationalists in Northern Ireland as the "Most Oppressed People Ever".

His tweets - and his response to the criticism - provide an insight into the heart and mind of Gerry Adams for "those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart" (Matthew 15:18). They tell us something about how he sees the history of Northern Ireland - and how he sees himself.

Standing alone outside Connolly House the following day, Adams conceded that the use of the N-word was "inappropriate", but that was it: one single, short sentence.

There was no real apology and he then moved on to "stand over" the comparison in the original tweets, once again comparing nationalists in west Belfast to African-American slaves in the early-19th century.

He even claimed that nationalists didn't have the right to vote, or the right to work. Is there no limit to the propagandist nonsense that comes from Gerry Adams?

Of course, the narrative he tries to create is that the Provisional IRA arose out of the "failure" of the government to grant the demands of the civil rights movement, but that is simply not true, as Adams knows very well.

Most of the demands of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association had been granted or were being granted before the Provisional IRA emerged.

However, Adams wants to paint as black a picture as possible in order to justify the Provisionals and the atrocities and murders that they perpetrated.

The Adams narrative is a rewriting of history in order to justify the IRA and its terrorist campaign, whereas the truth is that the Provisional IRA was simply another phase in the long tradition of militant and murderous republicanism - a tradition with which he is very familiar.

His father Gerry snr, his uncle Dominic and his grandfather were all in the IRA, and his mother's family, the Hannaways, were a prominent republican family.

This was something that was passed on from generation to generation.

Adams even described himself as a "founder member" of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.

As a "young republican activist" he attended some of the early public meetings, which he has said he found "boring" and "ponderous", but to describe himself as a "founder member" of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association is a gross exaggeration.

Yes, senior members of the republican movement - including a senior IRA man - were at the heart of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, but the 18-year-old Adams was simply there because he had been told to be there and who and what to vote for.

Martin McGuinness described it as a "mistake" and an "aberration". An "aberration" is a departure from what is normal, usual or expected, but, in fact, this is the sort of thing we have come to expect from Gerry Adams.

This is the man who compared himself to Rosa Parks and who admitted that equality was a republican "Trojan horse" to break the unionist "b*******".

Others have been sacked or had to resign because of their use of the N-word, but not Gerry, because Sinn Fein has no shame.

Gerry Adams is still the president of Sinn Fein and it would be a very sad day for Northern Ireland if the party that he leads was to become the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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