Promoting Gaelic is “Racist”

February 2, 2003

Promoting Gaelic is “Racist” February 3, 2003 Electric Scotland Web Site
The Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland have labelled plans promoting the Gaelic language as “racist”The Commission is concerned that giving merit to Scotland’s mother tongue, could cause offence in ethnic communities and damage race relations.

The Scottish Parliament’s education committee is looking at a bill which would force public bodies to treat English and Gaelic equally and give people the right to demand Gaelic responses in dealing with public organisations.

The Commission argue that promoting one language and its culture above others to the degree proposed by the Bill is potentially damaging to race relations. Mike Russell, the Scottish National Party culture spokesman and co-author of the Bill described the commission’s comments as “outrageous.”

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