Salon Magazine has become a progressive trolling site. In recent weeks it has published articles accusing deceased director Harold Ramis of being a bigot, another article claiming that white belly dancers are displaying white supremacism and now an article slurring Irish-Americans.
And no, the author being Irish changes nothing. A Salon article, “Why blacks are stupid and lazy” would not be defensible simply because it was written by a black man.
It’s becoming obvious that Salon doesn’t care what it prints as long as it brings in pageviews.
Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir begins with the strange premise that the IRA deal severed “the last connection between Irish-American identity and genuine history”.
“On the other, it’s Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan and Rep. Peter King, Long Island’s longtime Republican congressman consistently representing the most stereotypical grade of racist, xenophobic, small-minded, right-wing Irish-American intolerance.”
How exactly do O’Reilly, Hannity and King represent all Irish-Americans? As opposed to the author of the piece?
These men don’t even have much in common in style and substance aside from being Republicans.
There follows some cheerleading for the IRA and the claim that the Irish weren’t really white.
Irish-Americans rapidly absorbed the lesson that the way to succeed in their new country was to reject the politics of class and shared economic interests and embrace the politics of race. One disgraceful result was the New York draft riots of 1863, the low point of Irish-black relations in American history, when Irish immigrants by the thousands turned on their black neighbors in a thinly disguised race riot. Irish-Americans were under no delusions that the ruling class of Anglo Protestants liked or trusted them, and anti-Irish and/or anti-Catholic bigotry endured in diluted form well into the 20th century. But by allying themselves with a system of white supremacy, the Irish in America were granted a share of power and privilege
Again, Andrew O’Hehir clearly knows nothing about the draft riots which were…
A. Very much an issue of class since one of the core issue was the ability of the wealthy to pay to avoid the draft.
B. Was a German-Irish series of staged riots by the Democratic Party for political purposes targeting Republicans
C. Not remotely an attempt to get in good with the Anglo-Protestant, but were targeting Anglo-Protestant Republicans who were seen as preferring Black Protestants to white Catholics
…but this is what happens when someone like Andy O’Hehir gets his history from cereal boxes and Howard Zinn.