What would happen if an ethnic minority group raised concerns about the neutrality of the learning environment at a major university in England?
What would happen if, for example, representatives of the Sikh community said that members of that community did not feel comfortable at Oxford University because, amongst other things, the newly elected Students Union president had liked and shared social media posts praising and glorifying the Nazis?
Would that community be listened to? Would their concerns be addressed? Or would their concerns be dismissed as “manufactured outrage”, would those raising their concerns be harangued, vilified, insulted, mocked, abused and threatened by huge numbers of online trolls, many of them masquerading as so-called ‘moderates’?
Unfortunately, in Northern Ireland, the latter is exactly what has happened. Concerns were raised by members (and representatives) of the Unionist and Loyalist community about the neutrality of the learning environment at Queen’s University Belfast.
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