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Police should not be getting down on one knee in support of Black Lives Matter protests

Ruth Dudley Edwards


Of course there must be racial equality, but new fad of hating the police is so wrong, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

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Protesters in London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Protesters in London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

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Protesters in London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Black Lives Matter coverage reminded me of being in the civil rights march in Washington in August 1963. I'd been in Baltimore working during my university vacation. People had been very kind, but I was unhappy about the racism and segregation.

Although I had grown up almost exclusively among Catholic Irish nationalists in Dublin, my parents hated prejudice of all kinds, which locally was directed at Jews, Protestants, the English, the Anglo-Irish, unionists, and black Africans.

I asked my work supervisor for the day off to go on the Washington march, but unsurprisingly she turned me down and I resigned.