If it was conflict between two racial groups, it's not race that's to blame. IMO it's just pathetic tribalism from people who don't even understand the issue.
This is proven by the amount of 'unionists' who are giving off about, threatening and attacking local politicians of the Alliance Party. To give you some context: The Belfast council is made of politicians from 5 main partie the nationalist ones, Sinn Fein and the SDLP (who togeather hold the majority of seats) and the unionist ones, the DUP and the UUP. There's also the Alliance Party who focus on real political issues and would let the majority of the population decide on nationality issues. In the Flag debate the nationalist parties wanted the Union Flag taken down from city hall completely while the unionists would want it there all the time. Obviously the nationalists would have won had Alliance not come up with a compromise of flying it on certain days. The scum on the streets seem to think it's Alliance who are responsible for the flag being taken down! Alliance got Sinn Fein to agree to let the Union flag keep flying!
I was once in a car with 2 other people. One of them was asking me about my holiday to Rome, asking if I'd seen the Vatican and the Pope. The other guy said "I fcuking hate the pope, I fcuking hate Catholics." He didn't realise it but the guy he was sitting beside was a Catholic! There's no reason why they should hate another religion, it's just a fear of difference and for some reason it's been ingrained into them that the other religion are the bad ones.
Also it's hilarious the amount of Union flags the protesters have hung up all over the place that are upside down!
TLDR: Beany's right