Before 6 a.m., there were already 60 angry comments:
The thing is, even the Irish acknowledge their own “shiftlessness,” doling out self-deprecating sampler mottos such as, “God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from taking over the world.” Yet they’re deep in denial, too. I got into an online tussle with a former colleague for pointing out the well-documented obvious: that, pace the Know-Nothings, Irish immigrants to America were drunken, brawling, baby-vending machines—“paddy wagon,” anyone?—and only public shaming by one of their own forced them to (mostly) clean up their act and gift America with, well, the Kennedy family. (Hmmm…speaking of reparations….)
To their credit, the Irish haven’t pulled any “niggardly” stunts like, say, campaigning against the use of “A Modest Proposal” as a “divisive,” “racist” rhetorical tool that might encourage the cannibalism of Emerald Isle infants.
About the “No Irish Need Apply Signs”:
Even if those signs existed in the numbers the Irish now claim, the question remains:
Do African-Americans manufacture “COLOREDS ONLY” signs or purchase authentic examples and hang them on their walls? I doubt it but I welcome correction.
Real or fake, the twisted affection the Irish have for their own real or imagined persecution is certainly worthy of comment.