Suzanne Breen’s report into racist attacks across the north makes pretty depressing reading. From 41 attacks in 1996 to 936 attacks in the past year, this problem would not appear to be showing any signs of going away. Groups like the Multi-Cultural Resource Centre and Anti-Racism Network do a lot to highlight these attacks and support the ethnic minority population resident here. After one such attack in Lisburn recently, local community worker Fiona McCausland organised a rally in support of ethnic minorities in the town. Such expressions of solidarity must be welcomed, but this problem surely indicates the distance we all have yet to travel to become a truly inclusive and tolerant society, beyond our local differences.