The Mick’s Racism and Misogyny

Posted on 26. Oct, 2012 by in colombia

Racism

This comment from The Mick’s Terrible Benders, in which The Mick drops an N-bomb:

Very interesting to see that you,Colin,and your readers here are not only tolerating a racist alcoholic,but rather cheer to him,wish him well and want to hear more about him.That tells me a lot about you ignorant bastards.

Yes, The Mick uses the word “nigger” with a hard R at the end (as opposed to the increasingly acceptable, comradely “nigga”). He uses it even for Barack Obama.

The Mick grew up in 1960s – 1970s Ireland. I’ve heard there are Kenyan and Nigerian neighborhoods in Dublin now, in addition to  LOT of Polish, but back then it was an ethnically homogenous society. The only minority were the Protestants. He never had experiences with black people until adulthood, when he was locked up in London. England’s black community has Caribbean roots, so in addition to “niggers” he also calls them “bloodclots.” As in, “Turn off that bloodclot music!” Or if I ask his opinion on a song, he’ll listen for a second and say in a weak Jamaican accent, “Bloodclot.”

But I could tell he liked Hail Mary by Tupac. And he loves old-school blues, which he has no idea is played by artists from the Mississippi Delta, the poorest and blackest part of the United States. Once while annoyed at my rap music, he went off on a tirade in his horrible Jamaican accent, “BLOODCLOT, him bad nigger, he sold me bad weed, him bad nigger …”

But despite all his racial slurs, The Mick’s actions are in direct contrast. He’s had three Colombian girlfriends who he liked enough to live with – all three were black. He has two children by these women – both half Afro-Colombian, half Irish. He says he’s gotten all the chocolate desire, the black fetish, out of his system. But every time we run into a black girl he brightens up, turns on the costeño Spanish, and calls her ‘mi amor’.

Some of his closest drinking buddies over the years and from prison were black, including the infamous Lourdes personality, Alex, who could be found in the square seven days a week shaking a bottle of water next to his ear. Alex was The Mick’s long-time drinking buddy, until somebody slipped him a near-lethal dose of scopolamine with the intention of rendering him invalid. After a couple years listening to the water bottle, Alex was killed not far from Lourdes.

Misogyny

I’ve found that the more promiscuous somebody is, the more misogynist they tend to be.  The easiest example would be the pimp rappers like Too Short referring to women as ‘bitches’ and ‘hoes’. I think it’s a requirement to live that way. If you want to have sex with a lot of women, you’ll have to knock them off their pedestal in your mind. Constantly calling them ‘bitches’ is an easy way to internalize that.

The Mick takes it further in calling them “dirty bitches.” I first noticed it riding bikes through Bogota. The Mick would say, “There’s always loads of dirty bitches right around here.” And then we’d pass an all-girls high school, the street packed with girls with flat chests, aged 13-16 in school uniforms. “These dirty bitches wouldn’t dream about putting their legs in the air, would they? HA!”

Before I was hip to the cultural acceptance in Colombia of having sex with minors, I called him out on the underage girls. “When are you going to realize you’re in Latin America?” He retorted, then pointed at a group of adolescents, 13-15 years old, boys and girls. “Look at them, will ye? You don’t think there’s any finger treatment goin’ on there?” Then he added, “Dirty bitches, better they get it from me than those little bollocks.”

Another time we were grabbing lunch in the super-congested Chapinero. I was tying my bike to a tree when I heard The Mick shout, “Look at that DIRTY BITCH!” By the time he said ‘dirty’ his teeth were clenched, and by the time he said ‘bitch’ through clenched teeth his eyes were bulging and his face red. I looked to see a group of teens (16-18) in conversation ten meters away. They probably couldn’t speak fluent English, but they definitely knew we were talking about them. The Mick said quite loud, he was looking right at them, and they probably knew what ‘bitch’ means. They froze up, especially the girl he was referring to. She was wearing short shorts. Wearing shorts in Bogota is rare. It’s an easy way to spot tourists. Hence The Mick’s declaring that young girl a “dirty bitch.” Then The Mick said, in an even voice to me, “Look at her loving us looking at her, basking in the attention, dirty bitch!”

The Mick is sinister in that he tries to recruit others to his point of view. Every time I bring a girl around, he’ll later refer to her as “dirty bitch” or, in one case, “She’s only in it for the passport!” A week or so after he met Tetona, I ran into him and mentioned I’d be seeing her again that night. He replied “That dirty bitch?” I never argued with him before, but with her it’s silly. I explained she’s not a dirty bitch, that she’d only been with two guys before me, and that I kinda like her. I added that she only had one downside, a major one – she doesn’t exercise. Nothing. And he replied, “So what you’re saying is she’s a lazy, filthy, dirty bitch!” His voice grew louder with each word – “lazy, Filthy, DIRTY BITCH!”

But like his racism talk, he’s a different guy among women. I’d say he’s rather charming when he’s not drinking. Women seem to like him, as he retains a lot of beautiful, wealthy rolas as English students. He never makes foot-in-mouth statements around women, never creeps them out. As long as he’s not drinking, that is.

The Mick and I have begun working on a memoir of his life. To receive updates and advance chapters, subscribe to the Expat Chronicles newsletter.

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13 Responses to “The Mick’s Racism and Misogyny”

  1. ThE DoNk

    26. Oct, 2012

    Great blog. Get some youtube interviews up with The Mick!

  2. Colin

    26. Oct, 2012

    Video interviews with The Mick are coming soon!

    But I need questions. If you have a question for him, leave it here: http://forum.expat-chronicles.com/showthread.php?tid=208

  3. Jimmy

    27. Oct, 2012

    Every football practice in HS I heard the word nigger 100’s of times as project raised negroes hilareously cut each other to shreds.

    The non blacks on the team would sit there in bemusement vaguely aware that that we were privy to an inside look at something quite different.

    Privately away from the black guys we started refering to each other as niggas. But we wouild never, never say nigger in front of our black teammates for a multitude of reasons.

    Nigger did not reflect how we felt about them and we did not want to be on the wrong end of a very severe asskicking.

  4. dan

    27. Oct, 2012

    Speaking of the N word:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XURRzofbMc0

    Good times.

    Dan

  5. j

    27. Oct, 2012

    nigger means “man” in most parts of black chicago & nyc, cities i know. as it has nothing to do with skin color in those areas, a white or whiteblood latino can use it, and its only offensive to blacks who’ve been outside that environment and got some education.

    if the micks banging black chicks he’s no racist. people, even hte most politically correct liberals, always talk or at least think some shit about other people who are different than them. its a fact of being human to shit on other humans for superficial differences until you get to know them.

  6. j

    27. Oct, 2012

    question for the mick: why dont you go back to ireland? why colombia? what’s so great about colombia?

  7. Matthew B

    29. Oct, 2012

    “question for the mick: why dont you go back to ireland? why colombia? what’s so great about colombia?”

    I’ve never been to ireland but I doubt you can legally drink and use drugs in public there. I also doubt you can legally bang 15 year olds in ireland either.

    That might have something to do with it. Lol!!

  8. Samuel

    29. Oct, 2012

    I CANNOT WAIT for this book. I will buy it immediately.

    I’ll even promo it.

    I think I understand him more than I care to admit.

    Write on, Colin.

  9. Twenty

    29. Oct, 2012

    Question for the Mick:

    I read that you’re friendly with guerillas, paramilitaries, and the run-of-the-mill underworld. How do you maintain cordial relations with them all? How did you avoid situations that would earn you the permanent enmity of one or more of these factions?

  10. Rawley

    30. Oct, 2012

    My biggest question is who the fuck cares if he says nigger? The dude was a cocaine transporting , husting motherfucker. Do you think anyone wants to read about a Politically Correct Outlaw?

    If you have ever met hardcore white boys in the States.(using USA as an example because this where the PC / Racial shit seems to bother people) do you think it’s like the movies with integrated gangs and white boys scared of blacks and using the N word? No sir it is not…look at any Organized group of white criminals (1%ers, Italians, Russians, Irish) and not to mention the Racist gangs…do you think they stop to think about a simple word? Most of them aren’t going to bother someone just because of race, but they certainly aren’t going to let the race of someone stop them from getting what they need…money or power.

    We all know that avg every day average blacks in the USA don’t have to think about PC non sense (constant use of the words, bitch, faggot, nigger, spic, gook, cracker, snow bunnie etc) so why on earth should we want to take issue with an old school rebel from Ireland using the “N” word…grow a pair if you want to cry about that.

  11. Rawley

    30. Oct, 2012

    Oh and Colin my theory on guys like Mick and Too short is that they know that deep down inside they are nasty dirty damaged people…thus any girl that would give him the time of day, must be a bitch, worthless and foolish.

  12. kevin

    28. Jun, 2013

    yeah Mick’s kinda like one of those rohrschact ink blots. you see what you think …

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