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Old 18 March 2016, 07:27 AM
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United States Black Lives Matter and the 'Irish slave' myth

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/fea...092722167.html
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Yet, as the Irish diaspora celebrate their culture, many are falling prey to a myth sweeping the internet that the Irish were themselves slaves in the US.

It has given rise to a plethora of racist memes, and is gaining traction among some white Americans despite the objections of historians.

These "Irish slave" memes are frequently used to derail conversations about slavery and racism.

When they proclaim that "Irish slaves were treated worse than any other race in the US", they attempt to diminish the history of the slave trade, the popular Black Lives Matter movement and calls for reparations for slavery in the US and the Caribbean.
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