|Policy change on anti-Irish Racism by 'Show Racism the Red Card'|
|06-05-09 05:10 PM|
|Author:||Phil Mac Giolla Bain|
Credit should always go where it is due. Since I started reporting on the Famine Song controversy the organisation “Show Racism The Red card” did, to some extent, feature on my list of bad guys.
Not for a second did I think that the people who work in SRTRC were racists themselves, but I did think they had been somewhat slow off the blocks on this issue.
My initial contact with the organisation had been with Scottish coordinator Billy Singh. A very personable lad who was rather like a deer in the headlights when confronted with supporters of his club indulging in sustained racist abuse against Scotland’s oldest ethnic minority.
My take on this lad when I first met him at Tynecastle last October was of a very decent bloke who didn’t know what to do next on this issue.
My hunch is that, at some point, something turned within that organisation. My first inclining of that was a few weeks ago when I interviewed Ged Grebby regarding the public statement by their ex-employee Kieron Brady that Irish players in Scotland should have nothing to do with the organisation because of SRTRC’s failure to tackle the Irish issue in Scottish soccer. During that interview Ged admitted to me that “we’ve been a bit slow on the Famine Song”.
I had stated to Ged that my fear was that if the appropriate public agencies didn’t act then the Famine Song mindset would be affirmed.
I didn’t have to wait long to have proof of that feeling of affirmation from those who wrote the Famine Song. A Famine song CD has been produced and is now on sale on Ebay. I contacted Ged Grebby again with the link to the promo website and to the Ebay advertisement.
His response was unequivocal.
I then contacted Kieron Brady who responded in kind like the sound fella he is.
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