Eccentric and Bent

Come on a fantastic voyage in the backwaters of my mind.

“How Blacks have Irish Last Names”


I had learned of indentured servitude among the Europeans. I never heard of Irish chattel slavery until the last few years. It started with a video of the Black Irish of Montserrat. From there I started seeing more videos and posts speaking on Irish slavery. I always thought that the Jamaican dialect sounded like a version of an Irish dialect. I assumed it had transferred from plantation owner to slave but instead it seems like it transferred from Irish slave to African slave.
Even though our histories converged and should have caused extended cooperation between the groups, Irish Americans have become stereotyped as extreme racists. Some of that comes from atrocities visited upon African Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries such as the union riots that rocked many northern urban centers. Or the violence committed by Irish American youth against POC in places like Boston and New York.
Whether the stereotype is based on truth or not, I have no personal knowledge. I just know that it opens a lot of questions as to how groups behave based on class status. It is also fascinating to see that American society changed its caste system from strictly class based to skin based in just a couple of centuries.

Triangle Below Canal Street

Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. white-slave65a

Irish descendants

They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.
Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had…

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