Thursday 22 March 2018

Woman who experienced racism on the Luas thanks young woman who spoke up against it

Luas (stock image)
Luas (stock image)
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A woman who was subjected to racist abuse on the Luas last month has thanked the young woman who spoke up against it.

Blessing Agbo squeezed onto a crowded Red Line Luas at Abbey Street on  a Tuesday in October and a man who felt squashed told her: “People died in this country to keep the likes of you out.”

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“He started cursing and being very disrespectful towards me, but I was calm because I did not want to talk to him disrespectfully. He was a grey-haired man and in my culture I was taught to be respectful to older people,” Ms Agbo told Liveline today.

“At the next stop, two white ladies got in and he started giving out all over again, but not as much,” she contined.

“This lovely young lady said: “What is the difference between that lady and the other two? Why are you so disrespectful to her and not them? That is disgusting.” And then other people started raising their voices and saying yes, that is disgusting.

“The driver, at the next stop, stepped out of his seat, walked around, and asked the man to get out of the tram.”

The young woman, whose name is Ciara Kelly, spoke to the Anton Savage Show after the incident. Ms Agbo said that she wanted to express her gratitude to Ms Kelly.

“I was so pleased, I was so grateful. If I could get in contact with her, I would really like it. If more people were as brave as her, the nation would be different.”

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