fusillade762: It is kinda funny how many Irish-American talking heads spew bile about immigrants. How conveniently they forget their own history.
HairBolus: fusillade762: It is kinda funny how many Irish-American talking heads spew bile about immigrants. How conveniently they forget their own history.I think it is called something like "new convert vigor" though this is probably the wrong phrase because I can't google anything up.People who transition to what they see as the dominant or morally superior in-group are particularly vigorous in attacking outsiders to prove they really belong or made the right decision. This appears to happen in all sorts of contexts - you can find people saying things like "recently converts to vegetarianism are really obnoxious".
brainiac-dumdum: Ireland was the original colonized nation, and was subjected to a near-genocidal conquest centuries before the Holocaust. It was where the policies of the British Empire were road-tested for use in India and Africa, and where a subject population stripped of property and political rights was then blamed for its own poverty. The island's native people, despite their white skin, were viewed as savage and barbaric because they did not speak English, practiced an alien religion and hewed to unfamiliar cultural customs. During the Great Famine of the 1840s, which produced a huge wave of Irish emigration to America, the Irish poor were starved to death or driven off their own land by the millions. Yes, the potato - a plant imported from South America by the British - had been ruined by blight, but the famine itself was avoidable. Its true cause was not the black fungus that turned the prátaí to inedible mush, but a pseudo-Darwinian, proto-Milton Friedman free market ideology, insisted upon at a time when Ireland as a whole was a net exporter of food.This is what many Irish-Americans have forgotten, or, far more likely, have never known. The Irish were a brutally oppressed people for hundreds of years. They were slaughtered, starved, kept impoverished and exploited by England for cheap labor. Sound familiar?
Al Zeimer: Also, the guy who wrote the article is pretty much entirely ignorant of the causes of the famine.
Shostie: When the Provisional Irish Republican Army agreed to end its paramilitary insurgency (and/or terrorist campaign) against British rule in Northern Ire-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
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