West Belfast resident Seamas MacAlastair has a few thoughts on the N word controversy prompted by a Gerry Adams tweet.
Mr Adams was in our street this afternoon, himself and a driver in a navy blue
beat up estate with a 2001 southern reg encouraging us to give PSF our vote
tomorrow. It was a little surreal to be reading online about his latest foot in
the mouth comment, then to actually see him out the window.
Couldn't really make
out all of what he was saying as the speaker system was very poor but he most
certainly never mentioned the devastating impact of British Tory welfare
reforms, nor the imminent scrapping of 20,000 civil service jobs as voted by
PSF MLA's. Naturally there was no mention at all of political policing,
internment by remand nor indeed the conditions in Maghaberry.
He did however
mention that he and his team are working to ensure prosperity for the people of
West Belfast. Fair play to him for being out and about yet the 15 year old
scrapper he was sitting in is a far cry from the reality of the suited, booted
MLA team and their cohorts with their community jobs, their fancy houses and
their high end luxury cars.
Carried away (!) in the emotion of watching a Tarantino film Mr Adams
represented himself as a Ballymurphy 'nigger' ...the reality is that Mr Adams
and co are more akin to what Malcolm X described as house 'Negros' - those who
identify with and serve oppressive institutions, in the case of Maskey today
lauding himself for securing the odd park or building in the district, rather
than genuinely addressing the wider socio, economic and political interests of
the masses of the people.
Nowhere is this more apparent here in West Belfast where Mr Adams and his
fellow House 'Negros' have politically both in Stormont and at council level,
held sway for the past generation, with disastrous results.
Never has there
been a more pressing time for people to question the loyalty and commitment of
these landlord charlatans and choose principled community leaders who will
fight uncompromisingly for Irish Republican working class ideals.