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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 04:45 PM
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74. The term "black Irish"
The term "black Irish" is a purely US term and not used in Ireland. In the US, the term "black Irish" has reached mythical status on par with the lost tribes of Israel or 13th Colony of Kobol in that it refers to a demographic group. The term simply refers to someone of Irish decent with dark hair. It has no demographic, historical, or cultural basis. The most common belief is that those are the descendants of the survivors of wrecks on the Irish coast of the Spanish Armada. Research shows that there were very few shipwreck survivors of the Armada, and the few survivors were given a very unwelcome reception, i.e. they were killed on sight. In short, there is no demographic group of "black Irish".

Why is this entry here? As regular readers here know, no one whines more about being "oppressed" than the Irish. True, they did suffer greatly under English occupation of the island, but, they didn't suffer to that extent in North America. They definitely didn't suffer to the level of black people and the Indians, though they love to argue the point. Here's a great point to shut up any whiny Irish you meet: Why is everyone Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but no one wants to be black during Black History Month?

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a930730.html
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/cultures/irish-faq/part08/sect...
http://emeraldtiger.com/countys/antrim/armada.htm

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