Show Racism the Red Card Scotland recently collected data from a sample of 513 people on their experiences of Anti-Irish racism in Scotland.
Demographic data indicated that 57% of the sample identified as White Scottish; 1% identified at White English; 17% identified as White British; 22% identified as White Irish; 0.2% identified as White Polish; 0.4% identified as any other white; 0.6% identified as mixed or multiple ethnic groups; 0.2% identified as Indian, Indian Scottish or Indian British; 0.2% identified as Other Asian; and 1% identified as Other.
88% of the sample identified as Male; 11% identified as Female; 0.6% identified as Transgender; and 1% identified as Gender Fluid.
We then asked participants if they had ever experienced anti-Irish racism in Scotland.
56% stated they had experienced anti-Irish racism in Scotland, while 44% stated that they had not.
On a Likert Scale, 20% of participants indicated that they found the incident extremely stressful; 45% found the incident stressful and 34% did not find the incident stressful.
We then asked participants to describe the incident and this is what participants had to say:
‘I was threatened by a participant from an orange walk that I would get my throat cut’.
‘Been referred to as filth. A member of the ‘mhanky mob’ by a manager at work’.
‘Was aksed by the chief exec of a financial advisors firm how I got past the interview, followed by a side remark to a colleague that they would have to have a word with the person who interviewed me. (“He’s English, he doesn’t understand”).’
‘Called a “fenian bastard” and a “bogstomper” and told to go home..the famine is over.’
‘Been told to f*** off back to Ireland once my surname is found out. Was told once my family should have died in the famine as a favour to the world.’
‘Casual anti-Irish racism on a weekly basis on building sites.’
‘Had my windows smashed because of Happy St. Patrick’s day banner.’
‘Singing songs about “why don’t you go home”. It wasn’t at a football match. It was on the street. I wasn’t going to football. I rarely do.’
In addition to the aforementioned, participants from both the Republic of Ireland as well Northern Ireland indicated that they have experienced racism based on their perceived nationality.
We then asked participants if they had ever witnessed anti-Irish racism.
60% of participants indicated that they had while 40% indicated that they had not.
We then asked participants if they had reported the incident to Police Scotland.
93% said they had not reported the incident while 7% said that they had which indicates severe underreporting of incidents.
We urge everyone to report racism to Police Scotland when they witness or experience it.
Moreover, incidents range from implicit casual racism to direct threats, verbal and physical abuse.
Anti-Irish racism within a Scottish context needs to be addressed and Show Racism the Red Card will seek out funding in order to develop and deliver anti-Irish racism education in order to create a fairer Scotland for All.