Sunday, February 05, 2006

Cartoonery

Should 1867's Irish-Americans have protested this cartoon? It portrays St. Patrick's Day as a celebration of violence by an anarchistic and subhuman immigrant class. Mocking Irish Catholicism as violent based on the misbehavior of a few rowdies, and treating the celebration of their patron saint as a mere brawl only intensified the anti-Irish sentiments of the time (see Gangs of New York, or the "Irish need not apply" signs of the era).

Catholics and the Irish have successfully integrated into America, but only when these sorts of portrayals fell by the wayside.