Sipho Sibanda is the only known candidate from ethnic minorities. Northern Ireland Assembly At the election on Thursday. Her 43-year-old mother knew she could be the target of abuse, but she said she was “not the first time.”
from ZimbabweSibanda lives Belfast Since 2015, she has fled her home country as a political refugee. Settling in this part of the world was not her choice for her, but the problem of finding a “safe home.”
However, it did not take long for North Korea to develop its own prejudice. Ms. Sibanda was charged and “threatening” within the limits of Covid-19 after participating in the Black Lives Matters demonstration in Belfast and Delhi in June 2020. Was one of them.
This is a “horrible” threat that has plagued them for a year before the Department of Public Affairs dismissed the case as “there is no reasonable prospect of conviction for any crime.” Northern Ireland Police Services (PSNI) Chief of Police Simon Burn I was forced to apologize embarrassingly. The allegations that police response was unfair and discriminatory were justified, said the North Police Ombudsman.
Around the same time, there was controversy over the treatment of police where Republicans rallyed for the funeral of Bobby Story. A year later, the Loyalist rioted.
“If the rally was sectarian, it was all about negotiations,” Sibanda said. “No one was negotiating with us. No one at the political level represented our case. We were an easy target.”
Ms. Sibanda sees policing as part of the tragedy of “systematic racism” in the north. “PSNI police blacks. It serves and protects whites.”
The complete lack of diversity in North’s politics, police and public sector was revealed in Westminster’s abominable report. Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.. It blamed the region’s obsession with the division of its denominations for entering the “dark ages” with respect to the ethnic minority population.
Not one of the current 90 MLAs Stormont assembly I’m from an ethnic minority. “It’s definitely rooted in the system,” Sibanda said. “No one represents us from the BAME (Black, Asian, Minority) community. How are the young people in BAME looking to see themselves in the future? They are it. What would they do if they didn’t see?
I hope I can first encourage voters from the BAME community to actually go out and vote.
“We need to move from the Protestant / Catholic and” Other “designations. “
That was the main reason she decided to become an MLA in South Belfast.
As a grassroots activist on housing issues, especially for asylum seekers, she became obsessed with the people (PBP) before the interests of socialists.
“I never thought I would be a politician. It was a surprise to me. But scary, I felt it was time to step up.”
Currently, Sinn Féin Party, Democratic Unionist Party, Social Democratic Labor Party, Alliance, Greens, Mostly middle class South Belfast members are not selling well with PBP tickets. And there is racism. Born in Hong Kong, Annalow is a nine-year alliance MLA in the region and quit politics in 2016 due to racist abuse.
“I’m scared,” said Sibanda. “I hope I can first encourage voters from the BAME community to actually go out and vote.”
She said she just wanted a “fair opportunity,” but feared that voters wouldn’t respect her and listen to her.
From the Irish Times, Ethnic Minority Candidates, Democratic Unionist Party, Voice of Traditional Unionist Voice Could not respond.
The Ulster The Unionist Party said, “We have been actively searching for candidates from the background of ethnic minorities.” .. .. But unfortunately, there is no position in this parliamentary election. “
“This is an ongoing task and we warmly welcome people who move forward in the future,” he added.
The Sinn Féin party and the alliance said they did not record the ethnic background of the members. The SDLP and the Greens acknowledged that it is unlikely that ethnic minority candidates would run.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/north-s-only-ethnic-minority-election-candidate-finds-region-s-racism-scary-1.4868555?localLinksEnabled=false North’s only ethnic minority candidate feels “scary” about racism in the region