Friday 26 April 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Say no to racism, no to hurt; yes to love, yes to friendship'

A student lights candle during a vigil to commemorate victims of Friday’s shooting (Vincent Yu/AP
A student lights candle during a vigil to commemorate victims of Friday’s shooting (Vincent Yu/AP
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

When racists and hatred briefly takes over the good people of this world say: “No”. We say no to your racist bile, no to hurt and pain.

We say yes to love. Yes to friendship. Yes to community. In one single day look how much people have raised to help the victims and families of the [Christchurch] attack. And that’s just one thing. People are providing food, toys, nappies, anything that’s needed.

The halal food drop-off point is overflowing and a secondary drop off was established. Florists and home gardeners are donating flowers for the funerals.

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People are organising comfort kits for the children affected. Councillors are offering their time to people affected. Others are arranging vigils.

All in their spare time with their own money, for people they have never met.

I can’t begin to imagine the pain the victims, their families and the whole Muslim community must be feeling.

I hope this outpouring shows we do not condone the terrible behaviour or twisted world view of the perpetrators. I hope it shows we are sorry we allowed such bile to fester in our country.

Fiona Shaw Giles
Christchurch, New Zealand

Massacre proves searing hatred is still thriving

A short story I read a few months ago postulated an alternative universe where the trains are still running to Auschwitz. Fantasy of course, but does anyone believe that genocidal racism died in the cataclysmic ruins of the Third Reich?

The cold-blooded killing of innocent Muslims in New Zealand, as they prayed in peace and dignity, is a stark reminder that searing hatred and xenophobia are still thriving in 2019.

Across the world the extreme right is on the rise in varying guises, some with the niftiest of PR makeovers to make them palatable to people who’d like to be racist, but want to remain respectable too, if at all possible.

We see the resurgence of the far right in France, Hungary, even Germany. Jewish cemeteries in several countries have been desecrated, daubed with swastikas.

John Fitzgerald
Callan, Co Kilkenny

Schmidt can be certain fans will answer ‘Ireland’s call’

As the roof caved in on the Irish rugby team in Cardiff, “Ireland’s call” to open the game up to the elements became a wash-out in monsoon conditions. It was the same for the Welsh, who played exceptionally well.

But one bad performance does not make this campaign a failure as coach Joe Schmidt has found some fine new players who will be the bedrock of this team for years to come.

This is a big wake-up call and maybe a blessing in disguise, because we will have bigger fish to fry in the World Cup in the autumn after the great success of recent years, winning three Six Nations, among them a rare Grand Slam.

As the obviously disappointed manager said on Saturday: “Don’t give up on this team’.’ The Irish fans won’t do that.

Tom Towey
Cloonacool, Co Sligo

Fans’ chants can deliver a victorious thunderclap

Ted O’Keeffe asks if there’s a correlation between the lustre of fans singing in sport and their team’s success (Letters, March 16). Certainly the appalling dirges that are the British and Irish national anthems in comparison to the greatest of them all – ‘La Marseillaise’ – may give French teams an opening edge, but as all possess sporting prowess they are hardly good test subjects.

The real proof of the impact of fan chants is the extraordinary success of Iceland’s football team. They became extraordinary overnight, all down to their fans inventing the Viking thunderclap, uncannily similar to the shouts in the computer game ‘Skyrim’ – as Argentina, England, Portugal and the Netherlands all discovered to their cost.

Mark Boyle
Renfrewshire, Scotland

Fine Gael tax move will take from poor and give to rich

MAY I suggest a small, but very significant correction, to your headline ‘Property tax cuts to benefit Dublin most’ (March 18): replace ‘Dublin’ with ‘well-to-do’. We are about to see another example of Fine Gael’s maleficent version of “distributive justice” put into action – make the rich richer by taking from the poorer.

Jim O’Sullivan
Rathedmond, Co Sligo

Match that was the definition of a ‘game of two halves’

“DADDY, what does ‘a game of two halves’ mean?”

“That’s easy, sonny, let’s rewatch the England v Scotland game again.”

Damien Carroll
Kingswood, Dublin 24

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