It was ironic that Unionist politicians took umbrage at a painting that depicted a Loyalist Flute Band performing an atavistic, tribal dance outside St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Donegal Street,Belfast, that quite logically made the linkage between their bigoted behaviour and that of the Ku Klux Klan. Klan members are depicted to the left of the painting. (Apparently the Ku Klux Klan have been equally outraged that they should be linked to the Orange Order). However both organisations pursue the same tactics, in true Fascist fashion. One can complain regarding artistic license yet when the same sectarian behaviour is caught on camera there can be little wriggle room by the Orange Order:
(The film footage below was taken by and is the intellectual property of JJ Magee at Donegal Street, Belfast)
Both the KKK and the Orange Order’s modus operandi is to cause maximum offence to those they exclude from membership. With the KKK, their hatred is aimed at non-Whites, Catholics and Jewish people, while the Orange Order’s supremacist behaviour is primarily aimed at Catholics, Irish Republicans and Communists. In a recent interview, with an American film producer, he described the local television’s media’s attempts to normalise the Orange Order’s as ‘outrageous’ and would be akin to CNN attempting to portray a KKK parade as a benign cultural event (which he stressed would never happen.) If one wants to experience being a non-White in ‘Klan Country’ or what it was like for a Jewish person during Kristallnacht in Hitler’s Germany, then attempt to live as a Republican or even just a Catholic in a majority Loyalist area on the ’11th night’ or the infamous “Twelfth.”
Even in death Catholics get victimised by Loyalist politicians
Young Michael McIlveen 15, (above) was murdered by a Loyalist lynch mob in Ballymena who beat him to death with baseball bats
Catholic Community worker Kevin McDaid (pictured above) murdered by a Loyalist lynch mob in Coleraine during one of the Orange Order’s Nuremburg type rallies
The funeral of Kevin McDaid murdered by a sectarian lynch mob
Loyalism has strong ideological links to the far-right
Loyalist racists habitually force countless Eastern Europeans and non-WASP families from their homes each year.
Loyalists have well documented links to the far right in England and Europe, so it is with a well polished ‘brass neck’ that the Orange Order or Unionist politicians who are intrinsically linked to the Orange Order, should take umbrage at hints of linkage to the Ku Klux Klan. They are, colloquially put, cut from the same cloth. When an organisation’s ideology fills in the majority of tick boxes for what constitutes Fascism then it is disingenuous to attempt to portray the Orange Order as some benign, purely ‘cultural’ body by those seeking to normalise bigotry.