Any colour as long as it is black
Sometimes in Norn Iron you need a bit of the local context to understand what exactly is going on. Not in the rarefied strata of Stormont where it is all too bleeding obvious but nearer to the man on the 237 Express Bus-Kilkeel to Belfast.
Take this story from the Mourne Observer-Newcastle Edition. A young Kilkeel woman reports that at 1-30 am last Sunday her house was attacked after a ‘gang had assembled outside it’ A stone hit her window and “ there was a fella shouting and roaring ‘Get out you black b*******(count the asterisks carefully) Get the **** out of here’ Then a second stone was thrown. £500 worth of damage.
The headline claims that this attack was to intimidate her after she had moved to this area just two weeks earlier. Why? Lets read on
This is Norn Iron so the article volunteers, unbidden, that the young woman is a Catholic; her sister was in the house with her and, note a Protestant friend. Sex unspecified. And ‘others in the house at the same time’
If you count the asterisks you my reach the conclusion that the B word implies unmarried parentage and is in the singular. Just the one Bastard. But why Black? The young ladies are white. Very.
Now a clue: A Protestant. One specified. Singular. Sometimes they are Orange but, in the lingo of the time Black can go with Protestant . As in the Black North perhaps?
You might think that this is a bit of ethnic cleansing –not unknown in Belfast housing estates and have been exported to the provinces. Even Kilkeel.
It is certainly being taken seriously. The young lady and her sister are pictured with the Mayor (coincidentally related to the victims) and the broken window, Plus a large missile. The Mayor,is appealing for witnesses: ‘A gang of 15 people can’t walk about unnoticed.’
I’ll think you will find
I am indebted to a loyalist Flickr man for this image the taken in Kilkeel.The caption is 'God Save the Queen-we mean it Ma'am'
Perhaps not a sentiment shared widely in Scrogg Road?
Labels: Black, Norn Iron Orange, Prods and Catholics