Stewart Dickson MLA said: “Racism has no place in our society. I am disgusted by these vile comments about my colleague that appeared on a social media website. The people who made these comments are bringing shame to Northern Ireland and do not represent the vast majority of the population who have welcomed people from all backgrounds. As a society we can do so much better for everyone by working together.
“Nobody deserves to be the victim of racist abuse. Racism, like other forms of prejudice and hatred, should be stamped out. In Northern Ireland we have a proud record of standing up against racism and oppression around the world, and I am calling on everyone to denounce any racist comments or attacks when they occur in our own community.
“I will be reporting these comments to the Police. It appears that many of the cowardly perpetrators have now taken down their vile racist posts, but I will still be asking the Police to investigate these comments with a view to taking action.”