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Utica, NY

stop thrashing obama

First President to cause Racist Loons to create nonsensical lists of things that haven't happened.  (Apr 2, 2014 | post #106)

Utica, NY

stop thrashing obama

First President to cause racist loons to foam at the mouth and create nonsensical of things that never happened.  (Apr 2, 2014 | post #105)

Utica, NY

Refugee students cost more to educate them.

Why is it, so many "non-immigran ts" are so ignorant???  (Apr 2, 2014 | post #17)

Utica, NY

Refugee students cost more to educate them.

You should start with any of your friends or relatives who don't have roots in another country. Seriously, form an alliance of non immigrant Americans. I would join you but My Grand Parents were ALL immigrants. (btw i love the way you "agree" with your own post)  (Mar 9, 2014 | post #4)

Utica, NY

Rep.Hanna's nonsense

Based on your ability to shoe horn so many insightful thoughts into such a short post(I'm sure the lack of punctuation was a space saving tactic) PartythinkGoon/STF U/Libtard/......It is obvious that you are highly intelligent, and of course you would be willing to have a constructive conversation regarding Mr. Hanna's use of nonsensical Republican talking points. Can you please explain to those of us who do not Vote for the Party of Big Business, why it is "a valid demonstration " to point our "our share" of the National Debt, but not an equally "valid demonstration " to break down "our share" of our Nations wealth. Try to use small words, after all, I am a "libtard "  (Mar 9, 2014 | post #4)

Utica, NY

Rep.Hanna's nonsense

In a recent mailing, Hanna points to the $53,000 "owed" by each New York resident based on our $17 trillion in Federal debt. United States Net worth by some estimates is $131 Trillion......do we get to split that among all U.S. residents too???? Republican Talking Points NONSENSE!!  (Mar 8, 2014 | post #1)

Utica, NY

NYS Driver responsibility assessment a SCAM.

Drive responsibly or pay........or get off MY roads.  (Mar 8, 2014 | post #62)

Utica, NY

pobama25@yahoo. com

You've been banned!  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #6)

Utica, NY

Refugee buys a Home, All Closing costs are waived

And so, we have the tragic story of how one oppressed "race," Irish Catholics, learned how to collaborate in the oppression of another "race," Africans in America, in order to secure their place in the white republic. Becoming white meant losing their greenness, i.e., their Irish cultural heritage and the legacy of oppression and discrimination back home. Imagine if the Irish had remained green after their arrival and formed an alliance with their fellow oppressed co-workers, the free blacks of the North. Imagine if they had chosen to include their black brothers and sisters in the union movement to wage a class battle against the dominant white culture which ruthlessly pitted them against one another.  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #71)

Utica, NY

Refugee buys a Home, All Closing costs are waived

An article by a black writer in an 1860 edition of the Liberator explained how the Irish ultimately attained their objectives: "Fifteen or twenty years ago, a Catholic priest in Philadelphia said to the Irish people in that city, 'You are all poor, and chiefly laborers, the blacks are poor laborers; many of the native whites are laborers; now, if you wish to succeed, you must do everything that they do, no matter how degrading, and do it for less than they can afford to do it for.' The Irish adopted this plan; they lived on less than the Americans could live upon, and worked for less, and the result is, that nearly all the menial employments are monopolized by the Irish, who now get as good prices as anybody. There were other avenues open to American white men, and though they have suffered much, the chief support of the Irish has come from the places from which we have been crowded." Once the Irish secured themselves in those jobs, they made sure blacks were kept out. They realized that as long as they continued to work alongside blacks, they would be considered no different. Later, as Irish became prominent in the labor movement, African Americans were excluded from participation. In fact, one of the primary themes of How the Irish Became White is the way in which left labor historians, such as the highly acclaimed Herbert Gutman, have not paid sufficient attention to the problem of race in the development of the labor movement.  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #70)

Utica, NY

Refugee buys a Home, All Closing costs are waived

Irish and Africans Americans had lots in common and lots of contact during this period; they lived side by side and shared work spaces. In the early years of immigration the poor Irish and blacks were thrown together, very much part of the same class competing for the same jobs. In the census of 1850, the term mulatto appears for the first time due primarily to inter-marriage between Irish and African Americans. The Irish were often referred to as "Negroes turned inside out and Negroes as smoked Irish." A famous quip of the time attributed to a black man went something like this: "My master is a great tyrant, he treats me like a common Irishman." Free blacks and Irish were viewed by the Nativists as related, somehow similar, performing the same tasks in society. It was felt that if amalgamation between the races was to happen, it would happen between Irish and blacks. But, ultimately, the Irish made the decision to embrace whiteness, thus becoming part of the system which dominated and oppressed blacks. Although it contradicted their experience back home, it meant freedom here since blackness meant slavery.  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #69)

Utica, NY

Refugee buys a Home, All Closing costs are waived

Try Again. Irish Catholics came to this country as an oppressed race yet quickly learned that to succeed they had to in turn oppress their closest social class competitors, free Northern blacks. Back home these "native Irish or papists" suffered something very similar to American slavery under English Penal Laws. Yet, despite their revolutionary roots as an oppressed group fighting for freedom and rights, and despite consistent pleas from the great Catholic emancipator, Daniel O'Connell, to support the abolitionists, the newly arrived Irish-Americans judged that the best way of gaining acceptance as good citizens and to counter the Nativist movement was to cooperate in the continued oppression of African Americans. Ironically, at the same time they were collaborating with the dominant culture to block abolition, they were garnering support from among Southern, slaveholding democrats for Repeal of the oppressive English Act of the Union back home. Some even convinced themselves that abolition was an English plot to weaken this country.  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #68)

Utica, NY

Refugee buys a Home, All Closing costs are waived

My Italian speaking Grandmother forbade her children from speaking anything other than English.....once that was done they easily passed as "American " no questions asked, no stigma attached to skin color. The point about the Irish was that there were certain misconceptions about many immigrants, until they were able to assimilate. There were books and articles written about "criminal genes" about the Irish and Italians. If they were as easily targeted by the color of their skin(as Blacks and Latinos are)these stereo types would still be in play.  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #67)

Utica, NY

Refugee buys a Home, All Closing costs are waived

As inspiring as it is to hear an individual who claims "i don't see color". I suggest you read "how the Irish became white". Then ask your ridiculous question again.  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #64)

Utica, NY

Refugee buys a Home, All Closing costs are waived

Wow! Quite the intellectual post. Your poor child is doomed.  (Feb 17, 2014 | post #61)