Originally Posted by Larbre34
This is like the Little Britain sketch over again.
If someone is a witness or is asked to give information they havr, or be vigilant for persons in particular, their ethnicity is absolutely central to it. People of all colour commit crime, not being able to narrow down a genuine description by race, in case of racist overtones, is political correctness gone stark staring bonkers, and i weep for how insecure society has become.
Come on now, it's not that at all.
It isnt like this is a court of law, or someone giving a statement to the gardai. In either of those cases, yes, ethnicity is absolutley required to help definitively identify a suspect. On this thread though where someone is reporting an incident they heard about (probably heard second or third hand) it is pointless.
This is not political correctness. The constant inclusion of ethnicity or skin colour in reports of crime or anti-social behaviour by anyone other than white-Irish is a form of racism, albeit a passive one. How often do you hear a report that a 'white youth' commited a crime? It doesn't happen. Yet, if someone coloured commits a crime, their colour is noted in all reports. Similarly this happens with people from other ethnic backgrounds too.
I'd also like to point out that in most of our local schools at this point the vast majority of kids were born in and have grown up in this country. Their parents may be from overseas, but these kids are Irish. Referring to them as Roma or Nigerian is more than likely factually incorrect as well as pointless.
This subject has come up before on this thread and elsewhere. I will continue to snip out unnecessary racial labelling where it is appropriate. If you disagree with this, take it up with an admin or one of my co-mods, not on thread please. I feel strongly about this but I wont claim infallibility!
Back on topic now