It was less than 100 years ago that “No Irish Need Apply” signs were in job windows. Today, the Irish are thoroughly assimilated into the mainstream of American culture and St. Patrick’s day is a great day to remember the contributions of Irish-Americans to the U.S. Anyone who knows me knows that two things I care about immensely are immigration and the U.S. Civil War. When those topics come together, I am in nerd heaven.
Last week, among the hundreds of American flags raised at Tuesday’s March for Human Dignity and Respect, a few Mexican flags were spotted. That’s right. Mexican citizens carried the Mexican flag in Washington DC, the capital of the United States, of all places. The reaction of the anti-immigrant crowd was predictable- this was akin to General Santa Anna’s troops razing the Alamo, slaughtering the proud Texans within.