but rly tho that’s not the same thing, pipe down love remove ur white hands frm my shoulders x
isn’t this movie set in the UK i feel like being Irish in the UK is different than being Irish in America u kno
Yeah, but it doesn’t mean Irish people face the same kind of filthy racism that South Asians do. The context doesn’t change either way. Also, assimilation. Irish people have often called Pakistanis “porki paki” while in the UK and Irish people have also participated in “paki bashing” with their white friends. So they don’t “understand” what it feels like.
Actually, no. No, they do know what it’s like, in the UK. Look up the Troubles. Look at the date on that. It’s fairly recent, and it weighs heavy on the cultural mindset of those in the UK. Green Ireland is not part of the UK, and there is a lot of bitterness and hatred STILL over this fact. Being a Irishman in England, Jonathan Rhys-Myers’s character probably was called a “taig” on the daily as a small child, and made to feel his Irishness was something to be afraid of. Considering his apparent age, he actually was born during the Troubles, and probably grew up hearing about them on the news every day. His parents probably moved them to England BECAUSE of the Troubles. Every time he was in school, and there was news of a new bombing, or more children being killed in Ireland, all the kids probably looked at him like it was his fault. The Irish face a systematic discrimination in the UK just the same as any POC group. They are denied jobs, face prejudices, religious discrimination, microaggressions, slurs, violence, economic disadvantage, hatred… the whole damn nine yards. I bet his character is supposed to feel lucky that he has a job tending bar at the pitch’s clubhouse and coaching a women’s amateur team, (that obviously gets no respect from the club at large, as we can infer from the dialogue in the movie). So yes, the Irish may have some of the whitest skin on planet Earth, but don’t you dare for a second assume that this suddenly makes them immune from systematic racism, because it is real, and you are betraying your dangerously US centric view of the world and social justice if you think that race relations can only look a certain way.
I think most people forget Ireland was basically a war zone until the 1990s.
More or less add several hundred years of English racism toward the Irish where at various times considered lower than apes.