Sunday 4 December 2016

Racism lesson well learnt

Published 04/12/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- I can identify, to a point, with columnist Emer O'Kelly's racism episode (Sunday Independent, Nov 27, 2011), when she attended a party in Dublin during her youth.

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Years ago, I was invited to a 21st wedding anniversary of a coloured business friend and his wife. It was also a house warming party for a beautiful London redbrick mews home, at the back of Harringay Arena, they had just moved into. Three friends travelled with me on that glorious summer's evening -- all casually dressed and oblivious to formality.

As we arrived in our humble Ford Popular, huge cars of all makes were arriving in quick succession on a vacant kerbside. Occupants were all coloured. The men were wearing dark dress-suits, while their buxom escorts were in a variety of low-cut flowery dresses. Every couple carried a lavish ribbon-tied parcel. Yours truly, had a nice box of chocolates in a brown paper bag!

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