Liberal elite doesn't defend all minorities
NORTHERN Ireland's liberal elite clearly doesn't do irony. Yet if they would step back from their own prejudices, they may see that their own intolerance and double standards has only fuelled the deep divisions within our society.
Consider the reaction to intolerance and disrespect shown to ethnic minorities a few weeks ago. Quite rightly there was outrage. Politicians threatened to quit, the airwaves were full of citizens demanding tolerance for all.
Yet, once the apologies came, with the smugness that comes with victory, the liberal elites refilled their wine glasses and complimented each other on a job well done. Ironically, however, when another minority community is harassed, intimidated and ostracised, do we hear howls of indignation? Do we hear anything?
The second community is the diminishing Protestant community on the lower Garvaghy Road in Portadown. No one in the liberal elite would wish to defend them, because, in doing so, they may have to defend tolerance and respect of unionism, as opposed to neutrality and banality.
Portadown, Co Armagh