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07.14.17

BBC Northern Ireland televised the Orange parades in Belfast and Derry, celebrating the Battle of the Boyne, which occured in 1690 and ensured Protestant rule for centuries. Under bright, beautifully stitched banners, marching bands of young and old snaked through streets crowded with (white) people waving British flags and eating ice creams, Not shown were the towering victory pyres of tyres and pallets, adorned with racist imagery/slogans, effigies, and Irish flags. Yikes. No wonder Catholics stream south for the day. Patriotism is ugly, no matter the country, because it is always a belonging built on violence and irrational bias.




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