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'Nigger' joke reveals ignorance of racism

Published 15/09/2002 | 00:11

Turning a deaf ear to Enda Kenny's remark is to turn a blind eye to the non-violent symptoms of racism in Irish society, says Colum Kenny

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WHAT does it mean when the leader of the second largest party in Dail Eireann laughs about the word 'nigger' at a social event? And when most journalists present turn a deaf ear to his doing so?

It suggests that Ireland is still a closed and cosy society where political journalists are prepared to treat racist language as "just a joke". It suggests that, deep down, our politicians and media do not understand how racism works.

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