Blogger and plus-size model forced to take a break from Ireland?s community Twitter account after being told to ?return to your ancestral lands? by trolls

Source: The Guardian

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Black woman inundated with racist abuse while tweeting for @Ireland

A black British woman who was chosen to tweet from the @ireland account for a week has been subjected to a barrage of racist abuse, forcing her to take a break from Twitter.

Michelle Marie took over the account ? which is curated by a different Twitter user in Ireland each week ? on Monday. She introduced herself as a mother, blogger and plus-size model.

Originally from Oxford in England, she wrote she had settled in Ireland and ?it has my heart?.

However, just hours after taking over the profile ? which is followed by nearly 40,000 people ? the abuse began.

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Michelle Marie has been subjected to a torrent of racial abuse on Twitter. Photograph: Michelle Marie/Twitter

Marie received a lot of tweets of support, with many users urging her to report the abuse and block the users responsible.

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She posted a statement saying that while she had expected

?trolls, backlash and criticism?

she had experienced

?racism, sexism, fatophobia and homophobia to a degree I have never known.?

After

?8hrs of non-stop hate?

she said she was hurt, shocked and appalled but promised she would try again tomorrow.

Marie told the Guardian that the experience had been upsetting.

?I?m saddened that such extreme racism and vitriol is still rife. I am fortunate that experiencing this level of hate is a rarity, but for too many it?s a daily reality,?

she said.

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3 Replies to “Blogger and plus-size model forced to take a break from Ireland?s community Twitter account after being told to ?return to your ancestral lands? by trolls”

  1. If you were in touch with your community that shouldn’t shock and saddened you because that’s what people in the black community go through every day. The next time someone tells you to go back to your ancestral home tell them that they should buy you the ticket and give you enough money to get you started where they want you to go back to.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Vincia. I am not sure one has to be out of touch to be saddened by everyday realities. Our thoughts are to ensure that black women in Europe have resources to receive support when needed whether emotional or otherwise. If you know of any organizations where you are that support black women in Europe please let me know so they can be added to our directory. All the best!

  2. I would’ve laughed. I just got my ancestrial dna results and as an African American I came back with a percentage of irish so boom….

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