Posts Tagged ‘St. Patrick’s Day’
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
“It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St. Patrick and his legacy. He, too, was an immigrant. And though he is of courst the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he is also a symbol of — indeed, the patron of — immigrants. Thirty-five million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years. Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed. And four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came and we became Americans.”
Monday, March 17th, 2014
The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools
by Bill Bigelow, Zinn Education Project, March 16, 2014
We cannot do justice to the article by reprinting. Read it for yourself in its original home, the Zinn Education Project. The British portrayal of the famine as a completely natural event is a shameful part of their history as empire.
Sadly, as the article points out, American school textbooks are effectively “dummying down” students.