There is a line of thinking in Ireland that in order to represent someone , you must be a member of their particular social grouping . For example , a white Garda cannot represent a black person or ethnic minority , a white politician cannot represent a black person or ethnic minority , a Male politician cannot represent female constituents etc etc . Diversity Quotas must be introduced as a mandatory requirement to ensure that representatives of all the different Social groupings in society are present in all walks of life from boards of sporting organisations , the civil service , television and radio , local authorities and government office. The thinking being that in order to represent someone you must be a member of their particular social grouping.
Forward on . The year is 2040 , I'm being chased down a laneway by a crazed lunatic wielding an axe . As I run for my life I pass a friendly looking Garda who politely smiles as my attacker closes in . After six months in intensive care , I'm wondering why this Garda didn't help me . One day I come accross him out walking . I ask him why he didn't help me . In a friendly tone and softly spoken voice he apologizes but politely explains to me that he is from the Afro-Caribbean Community and as I'm not a member of his ethnic community , there is nothing he could do for me .
The following day , I go to my local TD with the issue . My TD , who happens to be from Pakistan , explains to me that there is nothing he can do for me either because his job is to represent people from the Asian Community , as I'm not asian , unfortunately there is nothing he can do for me . He cannot represent me.
On examination of the above scenario , we can see that instead of removing barriers of discrimination , we have actually raised them , we are now saying that in order to represent someone you must share the same physical attributes , ethnicity , skin tone , gender and even sexual orientation in some cases and are writing this into government policy .
If Equality is what we are really after , then the Job of any public representative is to represent EVERYONE regardless of their own personal background or social grouping , it should not matter if A is white and B is black or vice versa , if A is a man and B is a woman , if A is straight and B is not , A can represent B and B can represent A regardless . Thats Equality . Unfortunately in Ireland we have gone down the rabbit hole of Identity Politics and Division which inevitably results in discrimination and fuels the fires of hate .