Tuesday 21 November 2017

Man's nationality shouldn't matter

Having left Ireland many years ago to become an Australian, I find it continually frustrating to see how people are reported on. Tragic as the story 'Gang stabs young man to death' is (Irish Independent, March 21), the need to report that one of the passers-by interviewed was a Nigerian man illustrates how far Ireland has yet to come with regard to multiculturalism.

What value does this lend to the story? Does it add to or diminish the importance of this individual's statement? Surely, using the man's name would have been enough for us to work out that his family is possibly from distant shores. But no, Irish society has to emphasise someone's origins.

They're either foreigners, natives or, my personal favourite, non-nationals. Very rarely are they just people.

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