Love notes to the English language
What has happened is that America is democratizing, and people want a fairer system than dominance by male WASPs.
"It is ironic that O’Reilly, whose father’s family was from County Cavan, Ireland and whose mother’s family was from Northern Ireland, should pose as a champion of a WASP establishment in decline."Bingo. That was the thing that -- beyond even everything else in O'Reilly's spew -- made my jaw drop. It's beyond merely ironic that someone with that surname was saying those things.I linked this webpage from a George Mason University history course in a comment on Facebook earlier today; it goes well here, too.If I could point out only one thing from that set of images to O'Reilly, it would be the 1884 marriage certificate on the second page -- and the "race" that's entered for Patrick O'Malley.What an ignorant buffoon.
Loved the article, especially the part about tap dancing!! Also the 1884 marriage certificate lists both bride & groom as colored, not just the groom. The accompanying photo of the happy couple reveals this was true (and completely inaccurate).[personal note...my dad, who was as Irish as they come, used to get an impressive red-brown sun tan in our summers at the lake. He was what they call "black irish", but I've always assumed it was from his black hair+blue eyes coloration. He was blond until he reached the age of 12, when his hair turned black.]
These are all good analyses. O'Reilly is just another talking head whose rants are so illogical as to be ridiculous -- not worth listening to, but, incredibly, many people buy what he sells.