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Lord Mayor Hazel Chu spoke out over suffering racist abuse

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu spoke out over suffering racist abuse

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu spoke out over suffering racist abuse

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu has spoken about the racial abuse she and her family have suffered in Dublin, revealing her daughter was once called "a mongrel".

The Green Party politician was elected Lord Mayor on June 29 and said that since taking up the role, the level of abuse she receives has increased.

"When I was in school, but more so recently, and especially in this role," she said of the abuse.

"This is why I think, 'What can we do about increasing diversity?'. I would say I don't know why, but I actually got some research given to me that apparently if you are female and a politician and you are of a different skin colour, you tend to get a fair bit more abuse."

Proud

"I'm proud of my heritage and I'm proud to be Irish. Many people mask their true feelings towards minorities here.

"I don't know what the mindset is, maybe people don't like women in politics or people of colour."

Ms Chu, who is the first person of colour to ever be elected into the role, said people need to start calling racism out.

An example of her own daughter suffering abuse, she said, shows why parents need to monitor what they say in front of children.

"How can we tackle this issue? We need to start by calling it out, we need to start having honest conversations about these kinds of issues," she said.

"We need to start understanding that racism does exist but at the same time, it's there, it is quite prevalent but it is something that we can tackle.

"It doesn't surprise me, but it also completely shocked me when my kid got called a mongrel by older teenagers."

Ms Chu, whose parents emigrated from China to Dublin in the 1970s, said that growing up she could never dream of the position she is now in.

Working two jobs, her mother saved enough money to buy a chip van, which she then used to afford a restaurant and then three more.

"I love that I'm the first but I hope I'm not the last person of colour in the role," she told Jennifer Zamparelli on 2fm.

"It feels like a bubble. I never dreamed of becoming lord mayor. The gravity of the situation has not escaped me.

"My mother came over here to look for a better life and get a job. Not unlike what a lot of our young people go through. I just don't think she thought that 40 years later she'd be sitting in the Mansion House and someone would be making her daughter the lord mayor."