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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Happy Coon-Up The Irish Day


Today is America's last true accepted and encouraged celebration of an ethnic stereotype.

It's St. Patrick's Day, and Americans will be "Irish for a Day" by binge drinking, puking, and making general jerks of themselves.

I doubt this is what St. Patrick had in mind when he brought Christianity to Ireland.

The Irish have a fine legacy in civics, the arts, culture, etc., yet the average non-Irish idiot uses the day to kill their brain cells.

Enough already. It's a religious holiday. If you want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, say a prayer for world peace or something, or at the very least buy a U2 album and forgive African debt.

Why is it that Americans allow the ethnic stereotype of a drunken Irishman to persist? In a land of political correctness, how is this still encouraged and celebrated?

Would New York allow a parade where white people wear blackface during Black History Month? I doubt it.

Morons.

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The History Channel on St. Patrick's Day

What Dublin is doing.

What's going on in Chicago.

Paul Katcher agrees (sort of)
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Ogre on St. Patrick's Day

6 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Strangejazz said...

"The Irish have a fine legacy in civics, the arts, culture, etc., yet the average non-Irish idiot uses the day to kill their brain cells."

I'm confused with where your beef lies. Irish people invented this holiday. Irish people organize events around this day (and with those events comes booze). Irish people make a lot of money on this day, just go to any Irish pub.

Your beef should be with the Irish who let their holiday get co-opted so they could make a fast buck.

And for the record if you want to see a celebration of ethnic stereotypes you can look no further to the African-American day parade in Harlem.

"Would New York allow a parade where white people wear blackface during Black History Month? I doubt it."

Yes it did. Yeah they got fired but they received back pay.

http://1010wins.com/topstories/local_story_335065909.html

Thursday, 17 March, 2005  
Blogger gonebabygone said...

I don't agree with you there jazz.

By the way, hi. I linked thorugh a series of blogs and arrived here thanks to Humanity Critic.

Anywho, with respect to St. Patrick's day. Much like St. Valentine's day, this is a holiday that got distorted because of a few greedy capitalists. I don't know if they were Irish greedy Capitalists or not but most Irish folk I know hate the way this holiday is celebrated in America. I am half Irish and Half Mexican. It's a common mix in Michigan because Corktown and Mexican town are so close. So we celebrate St. Patrick's day by sitting down and listening to my father tell legends of the potato famine and our ancestry and then we have soem corn beef and cabbage. No one gets piss drunk and we do our best to stay off the road to avoid those who are piss drunk. It actually disgusts me to think of all of those people celebrating a religious holiday this way but hey, it's america right. go capitalism....(said in best daria voice)

Thursday, 17 March, 2005  
Blogger C.F. Kane said...

"Why is it that Americans allow the ethnic stereotype of a drunken Irishman to persist? In a land of political correctness, how is this still encouraged and celebrated?"

For the same reason Robert DeNiro made a fortune playing mafia guys.

For the same reason millions of people (black and white) buy rap albums in where the rappers repeatedly use the N-word.

For the same reason there's a team called the REDSKINS.

A good friend of mine once said that MONEY was the defacto religion in this country. That's your reason in a nutshell.

I agree this holiday has become distorted by greedy capitalists.

Irish people celebrate the holiday differently. Irish in Michigan may not approve but the Irish in NYC make a lot of money off of this day.

People have to take responsibility for themselves.

Thursday, 17 March, 2005  
Blogger Nominal Me said...

I agree with a lot of what was said here, money does come into play here. There is an entire Irish-American industry of pubs/bars that feeds into these things, but I can't really get too mad at them. It's the "Irish for a day" people that drive me nuts.

The thing is, many other ethnic stereotypes used to make money, but now they are shunned. Why does this particular one have staying power?

Thursday, 17 March, 2005  
Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

"The thing is, many other ethnic stereotypes used to make money, but now they are shunned. Why does this particular one have staying power?"

Well, one of the obvious reasons is you really never hear Irish-Americans complaining about it. Seems to me that many of them folks are getting just as crunked as everyone else and having a damn fine time doing it.

I'm with Jazz.

Thursday, 17 March, 2005  
Blogger Nominal Me said...

I just did, and I'm half Irish.

Monday, 21 March, 2005  

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