"the political support of the Irish peasantry in their home country, but only as a means to affect the attitudes of Irish immigrants towards the black population in America. O’Connell and the Irish were only beneficial to the Abolitionist movement as long as they remained an impoverished people, yet when they gained economic and class status, they were quick to dispense with their support for Garrisonian Disunionism and the American anti slavery cause. "
“No people on the face of the earth have been more relentlessly persecuted and oppressed on account of race and religion, than the Irish people. But in Ireland, persecution has at last reached a point where it reacts terribly upon her persecutors. England today is reaping the bitter consequences of her own injustice and oppression. . . . Fellow citizens! We want no Black Ireland in America.”
Of course, one could argue that we in fact have what Douglass would have called a “Black Ireland in America,” given the persistence of poverty and oppression for African-Americans. It would probably not be surprising for the abolitionist to discover that some of the loudest voices denying the persistence of racism belong to guys named O’Reilly and Hannity and Lynch. Joan Walsh
Joan Walsh is the editor of Salon, a ubiquitous MSNBC blabber, an educated Irish American Feminist who shills for the abortion industry and someone who reads little and understands less. She reminds me of that Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the Baltimore Sun on the great television series The Wire - someone who goes for the 'Dickensian Aspect,' in all things, while ignoring the facts.
Nowhere in Joan Walsh's attempt to be a profound analyist can be found the phrase " Garrisonian Disunionism."
Outside of seriously written historical tomes, the attempt by abolitionist grifter, opinion maker and the George Soros of the 19th Century, William Lloyd Garrison's attempt to pull the American union of States apart is rarely memtioned and altogether Un-Googleable. William Lloyd Garrison, like the Beechers, Jane Addams, W.E.B. Dubois, Margaret Sanger and other Progressive icons have had their sins laundered by the academics, textbook publishing houses and the political media.
That does not put a stop to the relentless scab-yanking of unctious dummies like Joan Walsh and they should stick to their time-honored templates.
Keep it simple, Joan; make it all about skin and nothing else matters. Instead Joan Walsh tries for intellectual parallel graviats . . .and fails miserably.
Garrison was not only the publisher of The Liberator, America's leading abolitionist and nativist rag, but also the very first Confederate. He was a sessionist, before Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854. Garrison sought Disunion - the northern brand of session.
Joan Walsh ignores, or perhaps has never heard of Garrisonian Disunion. Instead she makes the PC but very lame claim that Frederick Douglas "was a leader of global human rights In today’s parlance, this might sound like the ultimate version of white-centered discourse." Was he the Nelson Mandela, Tupac Shakur, or Michael Eric Dyson of the 19th Century? Nope he was a man of great spirit and heart who was being used by William Lloyd Garrison to enlist the support of Ireland's Martin Luther King - Daniel "The Liberator" O'Connell to instruct Irish peasants who escaped to America that Garrisonian Disunionism was just the ticket.
Joan Walsh wants American Catholics, Irish American Catholics in particular, to get on the side of the angels - the far left crowd of white-guilt neo-Garrisons like herself.