March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Fox News didn't want to be left out of the festivities today, so they had some special words for African-Americans about how well the Irish have stood up under the burden of being Irish.

Via Media Matters:

GREG GUTFELD: You know what's a great question? This guy, writer Andrew Clark posed this. He says, on college campuses, you know, if you throw a Mexican party, like a fiesta and wear a sombrero, you're in big trouble. A Cinco de Mayo party, for example. But you can do whatever you want and actually use stereotypes that are kind of damaging. I mean the idea that for St. Patrick's Day, people go out and get wasted, is kind of a damaging stereotype, but nobody cares because you can't use it as a position of like punishment. Like you can't, on campus you can't condemn St. Patrick's Day because nobody will listen to you because they're too busy having fun.

JUAN WILLIAMS: Well I don't, I think it's a little different. You know I always, I think Irish people were stereotyped and denigrated for a long time. I mean the Kennedy brothers held this to heart forever. I think it's the root of the immigration reforms of '65 --

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE: And the Irish got over it. They don't run around going "Irish Lives Matter."

Last time I looked, the Irish weren't enslaved for hundreds of years by plantation owners, nor were they then systematically deprived of the same equality as African-Americans. That's a thought Guilfoyle might want to ponder before she tosses off stupid comments like that.

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