The video of an Irish woman’s racist rant on a train against an Indian man went viral and it became a subject of discussion on a show, Cutting Edge in Dublin.
An Irish-Nigerian woman, Emma Dabiri, who was one of the panelists, thinks the video shouldn’t be shocking to people as she shared her experience of racism growing up in Ireland.
Emma explained that she started experiencing racism since she was five years old.
I am shocked that people are shocked because I’m not going to say it was an everyday occurrence for me growing up but they were things that happened like extremely regularly. Now, I would want to hope that things have improved in all the years that have passed since I left because there are more non-white people here now, so I want to hope that means people are more used to it but sometimes that happens when levels of racism actually rise.
Sometimes I think when we attack the individual who is espousing this poison, that’s kind of missing the point because there is such a generally kind of a xenophobic attitude often in the media and also there is such a level of ignorance. People are not really educated as to why people are moving into a space.
I was born here and then I moved to the States and then I moved back here when I was 5 and from 5-years old, things like that were regular. And I remember when I was like 15, I was walking through town with my boyfriend and someone used the ‘n-word’. I was unfazed because I got that a lot. This is standard. This happens a lot.