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Richard Bashir Otukoya has some bad relationship stories. They ripple with a hurt most of us don’t experience.
His voice quivers and cracks as he describes a doomed romance with a woman in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
“Being called a ‘n***er lover’, being questioned by family, being made fun of.
In those rural towns word gets around and you become the subject of the town.
Census data tells us little about race, but it does show that inter-cultural marriages have gradually increased.
“We came out, a car drove up, called her a ‘n***er lover’ and drove away. She was obviously deeply upset because she couldn’t be seen as someone who was in a genuine relationship.” Richard Bashir Otukoya: “There was no, ‘Oh look at this guy, he’s got a job, he’s doing his Ph D.’ There was none of that.
It was just, ‘No, you’re black.’ That’s it.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times As someone who has suffered “subtle racism and explicit racism” all his life, the incident did not unnerve Otukoya (“That’s fine because then you know their intentions”).
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