On Monday the Belfast Telegraph carried an article by Ed Curran on the ubsject of identity. I took the opportunity to respond to this with an article entitled Who do you think you are? and this appeared in the Telegraph on Friday. Unfortunately the newspaper changed the title to Simplistic labels ignore our multi-layered identities.
As the new title suggests the article explored the multi-layered or multi-faceted nature of identity and I explained that I have a national identity, a regional identity, a cultural or ethnic identity, a religious identity and a political identity, as well as others. I do not have to choose to be either British, or an Ulsterman, or an Ulster-Scot or a unionist or a Protestant. I can be all of these and more. Many other people will have different combinations of identities and that is the reality and the complexity of identity.
At the end of the article I sent out this challenge:
Ed Curran is right ot highlight the importance of identity and I believe that the cultural sector in Ulster, including our schools, our universities, our academics and our museums, have a key role to play in helping us reach a deeper understanding of both our complexity and our diversity.