An “Orange” Parade in the north of Ireland
(acest articál apiara dîn el glheþ Talossán aici)
I know that I describe one political party’s habit of trotting out inactive citizens at election times to robotically raise their hands (in public, no less!) for GOD SAVE THE KING AND YES TO WHATEVER MY OLD CRONIES SAY as a “loyalty parade”. But I forget that this time of year, they turn it into an actual parade.
Part of my ancestry is Irish Catholic, and north of the Border in the British-administered part of that island, parades and the routes they tread are a yearly source of political conflict, occasionally turning into street fights, arson, and the occasional act of terrorist murder.
It´s our culture, complain the pro-British, monarchist paraders.Why can’t we have our parade down whatever streets we want?
Because, reply the Irish-identifying republican population, this part of your culture is an assertion of your dominance over us, your historic victory over us, the fact that we have to live under your regime. This is not neighbourly behaviour.
Culture is political. It shouldn’t be, but it is. The opposite to the scenario above is the Gay Pride parades, where a historically oppressed group of citizens take to the streets to say we’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going to hide ourselves away because our fellow citizens would prefer we wouldn’t exist. What is the difference? I would say, it is the moral difference between the acts of dominant and submissive groups.
Perhaps I am being naïve in believing that culture should come from all Talossans, and not be associated with any one political party. True, the culture of Fiôvâ stems from our shared history in the Talossan Republic, but it is open to all our citizens. Even ultra-monarchists can appreciate Fiôvân culture like the assumption of patronymics, toxophily, the Traditional Spelling of the national language, etc.
For decades, our national culture was nothing more than the injokes of the King and his cronies. I have said before that the RUMP regime of 2007-2012 unwittingly perpetuated many of the features of the regime of Robert I, and this is one of them. Ex-Republicans, or Talossans whose ideas were formed before 2005, have no attachment to “beer as national currency”, the “Talossan-operatic” code of football, the Revised spelling of the language, etc.
A “monarchy-heraldry” parade would make some sense. A “RUMP Parade”, on the other hand, is the activity of a sub-subculture which used to be politically dominant, and can’t really believe that it isn’t any more, shoving its idea of culture into the faces of other Talossans. Not quite a Northern Irish Orange parade… more like a “Confederate Heritage” parade in Mississippi. Some of us have a problem with that.