Again, you’re right, the onus isn’t on the Irish. But it’s not on every British citizen either. What the British state did/does to my country was/is worthy of violent reaction and people should be repulsed by the British state because of it’s role in Ireland - North and south - particularly in it’s continued occupation of six of our counties. Britain judged and repressed, discriminately, the Irish people for their own benefit, Britain used the system to expliot my people and Britain advocated the idea that the Irish were scum, that they shouldn’t be accepted or respected, evident through the microcosmic “no Irish need apply” signs throughout British history. That kind of attitude, typical of the British state, is something which makes my blood boil; I understand and appreciate it does the same to you, however we seem to draw lines there - you’re willing to have an equal reaction to all British people because of the British state - I will never do to the ordinary British individual what the British state did to the people of Ireland. A state is not it’s people; in almost every case historically it does not represent them and it does dispicable things on their behalf and in their name - as politically minded individuals we should be able to recognize this and not put it on the masses that that state claims to be acting for. There are British people who advocate a united Irish republic, they are not using Ireland and they are not disrespecting the culture and history of Ireland, a British individual (provided they do not benefit from imperialism at the detriment of my country, or disrespect my country) is a very welcome immigrant, much like every Polish, American, Vietnamese, Chinese, Roma or whatever other kind of student, is and should be in Ireland.
As for QUB’s history: as seanmacdiarmada pointed out, the other universities in Ireland (down suoth) NUIG, UCD etc. were founded int he same way Queens was. They’re all one in the same, that is simply the way the cookie crumbled in Ireland’s history; they are schools in Ireland and they’re used majorly by Irish student, in fact mostly nationalist Irish students. You won’t find a university over here that doesn’t apply to your rape description.
Of course the Irish should live here, in this “british” enclave (which I still reject as a statement). We do, we make up a large part of the six counties, that doesn’t mean other people shouldn’t be welcome to live here.
Maybe we may just agree to disagree, but I stand entirely by my point. The North of Ireland is as much part of Ireland as Co. Cork. The partition of the country is pathetic and I refuse to accept it politically, I drive five minutes down the road and I’m across the border, so obviously I agree with you on that, however the North is largely nationalist/Republican and Catholic or heretics of the Catholic religion - it’s not British, and the British and the Unionists well know it at this point, therefore I see no problem with individual Brits (who aren’t individually repressing others in the North) being here, in many cases they turn out to be great people with productive roles in our society.
Ireland’s raped historically by the British state, not the individual Brit. I understand that you don’t appreciate this fact, but as an individual from the North here who cares deeply and feels very passionately about the continuing struggle against British occupation in Ireland, I will not go against my individual comrades in Britain who have done nothing wrong to my country. The same as I won’t go against any individual comrade or average citizen of America or the European Union or any other state or group of states which have had a detrimental impact on Ireland.
Fair enough that we disagree, at least we’ve both bantered back and forth our opinions, and clearly I’m not going to change your mind on it. But this is just my opinion and I thought it was important to put it out there.
Saoirse don Éire agus Isbella abú lol