St. Patrick’s Day is this friday. It’s a day of religious significance to the catholics and orthodox, but on the secular side, at least in the United States, it is a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture, primarily those parts of it which involve the colour green and heavy drinking, along with Irish music. I should note here that I am only partly of Irish descent. I am in fact a mongrel of numerous European antecedents, some of which I know (Irish, scandanavian), and some which I don’t.
What I love about St. Paddy’s day, is that it celebrates a small ethnic subculture by inviting everyone else to enjoy it, too! The slogan for the day, at least in the US, is ‘Everyone’s a little Irish today!’ (And if you don’t have any Irish in you, but you’re a hot woman and you’d like some, we Irish-American men are here to help with that!). The other day, I saw an advertisement for St. Paddy’s day merchandise at Spencer’s, which featured two people partying in green outfits, one of the two people being black. My thought was ‘That person is clearly not Irish – and that is what makes St. Paddy’s day awesome, because it shares the culture with everyone instead of trying to selfishly hoard it! Everyone gets to enjoy it, from the full Irish immigrant, to the part-Irish ruddy-faced red-bearded person like myself, to those who are not Irish at all!’ We don’t even care that some of the aspects which are celebrated are rather ridiculous and stereotypical, because it’s all in good fun.
Imagine for a moment if someone tried to celebrate Black History Month by saying ‘Everyone’s a little black this month! Let’s all enjoy jazz, hip-hop, rap, blues, and other aspects of black American culture! We’ll all wear dreadlocks! Maybe drink grape soda (a rather silly cultural stereotype, rather like some of the things associated with St. Paddy’s day)!’ They’d be condemned ´for ‘cultural appropriation,’ as well as being wildly insensitive for referencing grape soda, (also, I would not really participate, since I don’t care for most music from those genres, and I do not want dreadlocks).
Now in fairness, many black people do love to share black American culture with everyone else. Real black people tend to be far more good-natured about this kind of thing than white SJWs who want to ‘defend’ black people.
On the other hand, if Irish-Americans celebrated St. Paddy’s day the way Black History Month is celebrated (by SJWs, not by normal human beings), we’d spend the whole time bitching about how Irish-Americans faced bigotry from the WASPs who were already here, how there were ‘No Irish Need Apply’ signs (AND how this narrative of our history is being denied by some academics), how our ancestors were exiled from their homeland by the bloody English, how awful it is to have no potatoes… maybe demand reparations from England while we are at it because today’s English people should pay us because of shit that happened generations ago…
Instead, the day is spent trying to share aspects of our culture with everyone. Because we want everyone to be able to enjoy the great aspects of Irish and Irish-American culture. We don’t WANT to keep it to ourselves. We WANT to have what we love ‘culturally appropriated,’ because ‘cultural appropriation’ really just means that something in your culture is now being enjoyed by other people, as well!
So this St. Paddy’s day, go out and culturally appropriate us Irish-Americans! Just remember to watch the drinking – we evolved to have livers like superman, and non-Irish might find it all a bit much…