Hate groups like Black Lives Matter assert that all white people are inherently racist and that because of slavery, white people in America should feel responsible and be made to pay reparations to blacks. This way of thinking is completely back to how we progress as a society and does not take into consideration that when the Irish came to the United States, they were heavily discriminated against, Dating all the way back to the 1600’s, the Irish were subjected to slavery.
Before the Irish became slaves, many of them were killed in wars or sent to work on plantations by Oliver Cromwell. From 1641 to 1652, 300,000 Irish people were sold into slavery. These slaves were sent to places like Virginia, New England, and the surrounding colonies. It was not until 1834 that the Irish were saved from slavery when the British government outlawed the practice in the colonies. Still, the Irish though free were subjected to racism. Leading all the way into the 1900’s, signs that read “Irish Need Not Apply” were commonplace. Discrimination against the Irish persisted during the 20th century despite the fact that many Irish immigrants fought against the British in the War of Independence between 1775-1783.
Dean James, from America’s Freedom Fighters wrote an interesting piece on the history of the Irish Slave trade. “The Irish slave trade began when James VI sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners to be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid-1600’s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.” Irish slaves were also treated much more harshly than their African counterparts, and African slaves were also more expensive to purchase. Slavery, regardless of who is subjected to it is an abhorrent and cruel practice. However, liberal agitators today seem to not know their history when they demand reparations and how ridiculous it sounds.
Irish women who were slaves were subjected to rape, some as young as the age of 12, so that their slave masters could breed a different kind of slave. “In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls (many as young as 12) with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves.
This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company”.
Despite the many hardships that the Irish immigrants faced, the descendants of these immigrants in America today are not demanding reparations. Conversely, there are some African-Americans who believe in the obtuse position that they somehow deserve reparations for their ancestors being slaves in the Confederate States and are demanding this money from people whose ancestors may not have had anything to do with their African ancestors being enslaved, and who may have had ancestors themselves be the victims of slavery. The fact is that the biggest group of slaves to have ever existed in the British Colonies is the Irish.
Public school institutions no longer teach real American history and fail to present the truth as it happened. We now have public schools where children are taught that all whites are racist, that Africans were the only slaves, and the Islam is a religion of peace. Liberals have never been able to deal with facts, and it’s likely they never will. Whether the argument is reparations or the removal of Confederate statues, the militant left deals only in emotion and perception, not fact. The violence and division they have brought upon our society must be stopped, and parents need to demand that public schools begin teaching real American and World history.