I’m truly perplexed by the level of dissonance being employed by all these white folk of Irish ancestry.
Because, okay, yeah, let’s do this.
Let’s play this game.
I’ll concede to you, for the sake of argument, “No Irish Held Slaves.” Well…okay.
But you made a mistake, you qualified it by highlighting Plantation-style enslavement. Which, in all actuality, represented, iirc, maybe between 5-10% of actually involvement in enslavement.
More common were tenant, or peonage farmers with someone in the house to help (or, as was more often the case, actually run) the household. Also common, merchants and traveling salespeople would tend to have at least one or two people enslaved working with them.
If you look up the actual stratifications of white people who enslaved Black folks, you’ll see this. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
The majority of honkies may have been too broke to run a plantation, but that didn’t stop them from making sure they demonstrated their status by either ~owning~ or ~renting~ the bodies of Black folks.
With the Irish, however, we can get our hands all the dirtier.
Y’ever heard of Paddyrollers?
All those “indentured” Irish were more than happy to be the shock troops of White Supremacy. If they had reservations as a populace of people being crushed under white supremacy.
Let’s not forget that lovely fact that white people bring up all the time without recognizing its consequences: Anglo-whites had NOTHING but hatred for non-Anglo whites. But, rather than that resulting in a permanent underclass of Other-whites, they turned it into an economic proofing machine. The more effectively non-Anglo Europeans demonstrated their hatred for Black, Indigenous, and any other non-white resident of the Americas, the more likely they were to be treated with respect from their white peers.
Think back, if you want a more contemporary example, at how poor whites (The Ewell family) are held over a laboring, law-abiding Black character. The Ewells are said to be criminals to a one (and this is fairly well demonstrated), as well as every other classist name in the book. But, their skin color grants them legitimacy.
So, let’s get back to our ancestral crackers.
The Irish during Enslavement.
Remember that whole thing about paddyrollers?
Well, for those who don’t know the term, that’s the name of the DESIGNATED overseers whose job it was to track, torture, and otherwise maim any enslaved Black person who tried to get free. Most often, paddyrollers were pulled from the ranks of Overseers.
Overseer being a rank in the Plantation hierarchy almost exclusively reserved for non-Anglo whites, and certainly portrayed—historically—as being dominated by the Irish. Hence the name.
You didn’t think the “paddy” in paddyroller came from nowhere, did you?
That same work of the paddyrollers became the Slave Patrols, which became many, if not all, the police forces throughout this country. Again, giving rise to the stereotype (okay, not exactly stereotype since there were verifiable linkages between migrant populations of Irish and the swelling of police forces), of the Irish cop. Paddywagon, Paddyroller, see where this is going?
So these Irish, in a scramble to prove their whiteness—and I’ll try to be fair in saying that the Irish, as well as Europeans from the Iberian peninsula and the Mediterranean, were NOT considered white; however, class position certainly mitigated the legal ramifications of being a non-white white—did what the gatekeepers of white America wanted them to. They turned on whoever was below them.
They turned all their impotency and rage on Blacks, Natives, Chinese, Latin@…the list goes on.
They cultivated violence against non-whites as a means to secure their own whiteness. And if you think that didn’t include owning, as well as numerous and unnameable brutalizations against Black folks, you have not a single whit of critical thinking in your head.
On Nov. 28, 1858, a ship called the Wanderer slipped silently into a coastal channel and unloaded its cargo of over 400 African slaves onto Jekyll Island, Georgia, thirty eight years after the African slave trade had been made illegal. It was the last ship ever to bring a cargo of African slaves to American soil.
Built in 1856, the Wanderer began life as a luxury racing yacht, flying the pennant of the New York Yacht Club and cited as the successor to the famous yacht America. But within a year of its creation, the Wanderer was secretly converted into a slave ship, and, with the New York Yacht Club pennant still flying above as a diversion, sailed off to Africa. The Wanderer’s mission was meant to be more than a slaving venture, however. It was designed by its radical conspirators to defy the federal government and speed the nation’s descent into civil war.
The New York Times first reported the story as a hoax; however, as groups of Africans began to appear in the small towns surrounding Savannah, the story of the Wanderer began to leak out; igniting a fire of protest and debate that made headlines throughout the nation and across the Atlantic.
As the story shifts between Savannah, Jekyll Island, the Congo River, London, and New York City, the Wanderer’s tale is played out in heated Southern courtrooms, the offices of the New York Times, The White House, the slave markets of Africa and some of the most charming homes Southern royalty had to offer. In a gripping account of the high seas and the high life in New York and Savannah, Erik Calonius brings to light one of the most important and little remembered stories of the Civil War period. [book link]
“A correspondence by a Filipino community leader in 1906 revealed that at the turn of this century, Louisiana was already home of several hundred Filipinos, with over two thousand of the Manilamen in the New Orleans community alone. Whereas, the UW census of 1910 had set the Filipino population in the US at the low figure of only 160.”
white british ppl who compare ignorant americans making fun of tea and crumpets and not knowing the difference between an english accent and a scottish one
to the fetishization of asian women by white men
need to like
fucking crack open a European History book
or google the phrase
“the sun does not set on the british empire”
On January 15, 1881, at the time of the War of the Pacific, Chilean troops defeated the Peruvian army on Peruvian soil. Two days later, Chilean soldiers proceeded to occupy Lima, Peru’s capital, which fell under Chilean control for the next couple of years. The photographs above where taken by the American Eduardo Clifford Spencer.
Top: The Chilean army marches into Lima following the Battle of Miraflores during the War of the Pacific.
Bottom: The Chilean flag flies over the city of Lima after the Chilean army’s occupation of the Peruvian capital on January 17, 1881 during the War of the Pacific.
I frankly, ya’ll, find it hard to get through every January cause I know all the phony stuff I’m going to have to listen to about Dr. Martin Luther King because the powers that be in this country have totally distorted what that man was, they’ve put him on a pedestal you see, he looks like a dreamer. He wasn’t a dreamer he was a revolutionary!
I may not know a lot but I know something about white folks cause I been one for 80 years. And I know that us white folks, we will do anything in the world rather than face the truth about what racism, and I prefer to call it white supremacy which is what it is, has done to us and to the country. But this is a very comfortable image, of the little black and white children walking the red hills of Georgia together. Well of course you’d like to have that happen but it takes more than that right? It’s very different from what he was saying in his Riverside church speech when he said, among other things- “true compassion is more than flinging coins to a beggar. True compassion recognizes that a society that creates beggars needs to be totally restructured."
When a White person uses MLK’s words to promote White supremacy, I have to go back and find this quote to calm down.
Train with Japanese immigrants traveling to São Paulo from the port of Santos in Brazil (1935).
Japanese immigration to Brazil began in earnest in the first decade of the twentieth century, with the first group of immigrants arriving aboard the ship Kasato Maru in 1908. Over 150,000 immigrants landed in Brazil between 1917 and 1940. Today Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.
This marvellous bust is one of the very few documents of an actual black person from Greek and Roman antiquity. Memnon was a pupil and protégé of the well-known Athenian entrepreneur and philosopher Herodes Atticus.
It was found more than a century ago in one of…
Tell me again how Europeans didn’t have any contact with Africans until they enslaved them?
Seeing as there’s evidence of Black/ Greek trade as early as 2 BC I’mma need folks to shut the fuck up.
wanna bet there’s white folks out there like “omg how can you tell he’s black that’s just the color of the stone” ?
edit: also too, that is the best side-eye ever.
WHITE PERSON: “How can you tell if he’s Black?”
ME: “Because he looks just like my cousin.”
eta: you know, he really does look just like my cousin
ain’t that some shit
"There were Africans in Britain before the English were here—that’s the opinion of Peter Fryer, the great historian of the black presence in England. In his history Staying Power, he quotes the existence of an African legion stationed on Hadrian’s Wall in the third century…If we skip forward to James VI’s court in Scotland, we come across a number of black court entertainers…a black knight, and a lady who was famed for her beauty: “A black lady—a skin that shone like soap. In her rich costume she gleamed as bright as a barrel of tar. When she was born the sun had to suffer an eclipse."
Reblogging the endnotes of Philippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade back from myself like a boss.
Now you all know why that post about Brave was annoying me so much. Well, aside from the fact that it takes real people’s feelings so flippantly.
But if you just want to talk historical accuracy? Let’s talk historical accuracy.
we did exist period pieces we did!!!
In 1965, at Jackson, Mississippi, Matt Herron took an iconic and ironic image from the civil rights era as a white policeman rips an American flag away from a young black boy, having already confiscated his ‘No More Police Brutality’ sign.
this picture sums up america
“America is Mississippi” Ya’ll thought Malcolm X was playing when he said that?
[TW: Lynching, Violence] “A Sight That Every White Person in the World Should be Able to See.”
“Brutally and dehumanizingly faced with death, I understood what it meant to be a black man in America. With the noose around my neck and death in my brains, I waited for the end…”*GRAPHIC EXPLICIT PHOTO OF MEN LYNCHED UNDER THIS LINK | DO NOT CLICK IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SEE*
^The lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. 2 Hang, but there was meant to be a 3rd.
I could hear the mob tramping up the jail stairs. In another moment, they would be at the door of my cell block. They would open the door, walk inside, and all hell would break out. Time was running out for me. Outside the door, the corridor was fast becoming jammed with violent men, ruthless men, black-people-hating white men. The leaders held back until they quieted down. The men carried ropes, shotguns, knives, clubs, swords, and rifles. One of the men held a submachine gun in the cradle of his arm. He acted like he knew how to use it. He was a big, burly, bushy-haired man with cold-looking gray eyes, glassy-looking, like he was high on some kind of a “fix.” It was frightening to look at him.
The men gathered around the door of my cell block They were the elite group of black intimidators. Their act now was to complete the path of destruction, death, and tyranny. While they were deciding on the kill, I closed my eyes for a moment to will my disappearance. I opened them again when I heard the eerie jangling of keys on the key ring. I was still in the cell block. There was no time to hide. There was no place to hide. Events happened so fast there was not even time to pray.
December 17, 1944: Internment of Japanese-Americans Comes to an End.
On December 17th, 1944 the United States under the direction of U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issued Public Proclamation No. 21 stating that on January 2nd, 1945 all Japanese-Americans “evacuees” from the West Coast could return back to their homes.
The internment of Japanese-Americans began exactly ten weeks after the Empire of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave authorization for the removal of any or all people from military areas. As a result the military defined the entire West Coast, home to a majority of Japanese-Americans as military area. Within a couple of months over 110,000 Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps built by the US military scattered all over the nation. For the next two years Japanese-Americans would live under dire living conditions and at times abuse from their military guards.
Throughout World War II ten people were found to be spies for the Empire of Japan, not one of them was of Japanese ancestry. Forty-four year would pass until Ronald Reagan and the United States made an official apology to the surviving Japanese-Americans who were relocated, and were given $20,000 tax-free.
Jannetje Johanna (Jo) Schaft (16 September 1920 – 17 April 1945), was a Dutch communist resistance fighter during World War II. She became known as the girl with the red hair. Her secret name in the resistance movement was Hannie.
Let me introduce y’all to this fierce motherfucker right now - allow me to present HANNIE SCHAFT. DID YOU KNOW:
This suave-ass communist bamf would dress up as a boy and stand in doorways making out with the ladies until some German soldier came along and then she’d kill them in various gory ways.
She was kind of too radical for her own resistance group, i.e. they balked when she was like ‘Hell yes I’m going to learn to speak German fluently so I can sleep with (and therefore kill) more Nazis.’
Her last words were ‘Ik schiet beter!’ when her executioner wounded her with the first shot. I SHOOT BETTER. WHATEVER BITCHES, SCHAFT OUT.