Friday, March 18, 2016

The Irish Slavery Meme

This is a list of all of Liam Hogan's work on the "Irish slaves" meme. What he's sharing is a controversial questioning of history which feels important as a particular piece of the #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter debate.

I can't say that I understand the history well enough to agree or disagree with Liam's assertions but it feels important to consider and make sure we are speaking accurately about history to honour it. 

If we don't, then history can be used to dismiss the experience of black people who certainly endured a history of slavery.

2. The unfree Irish in the Caribbean were indentured servants, not slaves (co-authored with Matt Reilly and Laura McAtackney)