Have you heard the one about the Irish Historian who spent years highlighting unhistorical racist bigotry of Irish American leprechaun types – only to be labelled as such by said leprechauns? In an Irish magazine? It could only happen, as they say, in (History) Ireland.
The current (Sept/Oct 2017) issue of History Ireland (Ireland’s Only History Magazine) carries a letter calling an Irish Historian a nondescript bigot, while also attempting (in what can only be described as a paean to an Ann and Barry level of historical illiteracy) to belittle the historian’s professionalism, ability and credibility.
The ‘letter’ (the contents of which are largely taken from a previous blog post from March 2017, written by a member of an ‘ancient’ sectarian homophobic organization originally modeled on the Orange Order in the 19thC and, ironically, one that actual modern Irish people point and laugh at) takes issue with the cold historical facts surrounding the widespread misue of the ‘Irish Slaves Meme’.
Predominantly a puss infected affliction from Irish-Americana, the racist bile of the ‘Irish Slaves Meme’ has, in recent years, spread like a malignant tumor on social media, fueled in no small part by the hijacking of actual Irish history by racists, white supremacists and neo-nazis who use it to intentionally belittle, reduce and dehumanize the actual horrors of chattel slavery and the lived experience of millions of black people in America.
Almost everyone with a pulse and an internet connection on Irish social media will already be well aware of all this – thanks to the herculean efforts of one individual. Liam Hogan.