Thought this was rather sad...
Looking at 115 Romanians huddled together on the floor of a Belfast church hall, it was possible to see the worst side of Northern Ireland - and the best - all at once.
The speed with which Pastor Malcolm Morgan and his team created a temporary home for 20 families was remarkable.
At the same time, the sight of men, women and children looking so helpless and scared was a stain on Northern Ireland's international reputation.
Many of the families came to Belfast believing that the years of prejudice and narrow-mindedness were over. However, it seems that in some parts of the city, racism is the new sectarianism.
But I wasn't surprised...It always amuses me how the broadsheets and journalists on the radio always seem surprised that it still exists. Casual racism down here on the pointy bit is so common,it's a way of life. From abuse directed towards emmets to hatred of 'gyppos' and then there was the burning of a multicultural centre (and lets not even get started on the hatred of the Catholics by the Methodist majority..)..We may be chocolate box pretty down here but the racism is horrific...as great as any inner city.
I think it's a middle class myth that racism is a thing of the past..that racism has some how just reared it's sleeping form again..it's never gone away..the credit crunch has given casual racism a voice and let the BNP,whose views aren't that uncommon,a sneaky way into politics....
So, your family, your area...how common is racism ?
are you in the minority when it comes to your 'love all' hippy values ? ( I know i am !)