Get Up My Ire

Now I’m reading “Ethnic America” by Thomas Sowell. He discusses violence between the Irish and other ethnic groups in the late 19th century and early 20th:

The usual difficulties of determining the initiator of hostilities are not so great in some of these instances. Some of the groups with whom the Irish had numerous clashes were groups that lived relatively harmoniously with other groups. For example, the Jews and the Italians generally lived peaceably with each other, although neither could get along with the Irish. The Chinese Americans seldom, if ever, attacked any other ethnic group. The historic hostility between blacks and the Irish goes well back before the Civil War, at a time when there was only a relative handful of free blacks, and it would have been suicidal for them to launch unprovoked attacks on the numerous Irish. Germans sometimes initiated conflicts with the Irish, but on other occasions “Irish rowdies interfered with German picnics, frequently for no apparent reason except to add excitement to an otherwise dull Sunday.”

Heh! Look out Itchy he’s Irish indeed!

2 Responses to “Get Up My Ire”

  1. Phelps says:

    I’m assuming that he has tied it all together the same way he did in “White Liberals / Black Rednecks”, right? In that 20th century Blacks picked up all the bad characteristics of Irish Rednecks and uh… there weren’t any good characteristics to pick up?

  2. mexi says:

    I haven’t read that book yet and I’m only past the first section on this one (the irish). Next chapter is the Germans!

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