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Thread #61622 Message #994630
Posted By: GUEST,still cookieless paddymac
31-Jul-03 - 08:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: No Irish Need Apply
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'No Irish Need Apply'
Well said, Fag an Belac. You're dead on with the reference to the Nativist movement. In the decades following An Gorta Mor, the Irish were the largest and most obvious "bloc" of immigrants, especially to the cities of the "New England" area. It is, I believe, foolish to assert that anti-Irish prejudice did not exist in those times and places, and in other times and places as well. It is equally foolish to think that the Irish were the only immigrant group here to experience such treatment, or that such blind bigotry did or does not exist in many other places around the globe to this very day. It's pointless and dangerous to get carried away with "victim-ism." Far better to speak against such stupidity whenever and wherever you encounter it. No need to make a big production of it. Just let the proponent know they bring no credit to themselves by such foolishness.