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  •  Wow. What a condescending and incorrect reply. (10+ / 0-)

    Widespread virulent anti-Irish sentiment has irrefutable historical documentation regardless of how poorly it fits into your rather one-dimensional world view.  No number of on-line refutations can eliminate the reality of that documentation.

    Having said that, much of the Irish and Italian hatred was due not ONLY to viewing them as "non white" but also was a result of them being Catholic. So it was more complicated than simply white or not white.  But that dimension of the issue absolutely existed with great prominence.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 11:34:29 AM PDT

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    •  i didn't say that there was not anti-irish bigotry (2+ / 0-)
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      in the u.s. or the uk. not once. what I said was that we have a fascinating case where living memory, i.e. that of signs which apparently did not exist in the U.S. being taken as a fact, and also as prop for the white anti-civil rights ethnic backlash of the 1970s.

      Read some of that work, very fascinating. You will learn something new.

      I am very familiar with the ethnic studies literature on the topic. Again, I was surprised by some of Jensen's research too. Calm down and check it out.

      •  In my Irish Studies class textbook (0+ / 0-)

        there were 2 photographs where versions of that sign were being displayed, both in NYC. Political cartoons from that time pictured Irish as being ragged, barefoot and darker-skinned--"dirty." That's not to say that the depth and length of time during which Irish immigrants were discriminated against was anything close to what blacks went through and continue to experience.

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