The New York Times published a bit of propaganda today, probably to cash in on Saint Patrick’s Day, titled “Debunking a Myth: The Irish were not Slaves,Too.” I was hoping for a balanced article about the issue, but the only historians interviewed were based in Ireland, or were African-Americans with an understandable sense of proprietary rights about the whole controversy. There must not exist any historians in the West Indies who could have been consulted. It does seem the people who actually lived in America, especially the West Indies, might have been worth speaking to.
The article raises mainly straw man arguments and defamatory statements about anyone who has an interest in this overlooked bit of history. The implication is anyone who is interested is some sort of White Nationalist. This is slander.
The New York Times has been around for a while, and its relationship to the truth has often been called into question. True, in 2003, The Times criticized itself for its culpability in the Holodomor, which is the massacre by famine of possibly as many as twenty million Ukrainians by Bolshevik Communists under Joseph Stalin (meaning”Joe Steel” as he renamed himself.) A Time’s reporter, the unabashedly Communist Walter Duranty, wrote a series of fawning articles about Joe Stalin’s reign of terror, glossing over the pillaging and resulting starvation of Ukrainian Christian peasantry.
I bring up this bit of journalistic infamy because no institution which carried water for Stalin’s Communist horrors should even exist in journalism except as a discredited tabloid, let alone have the surrealistic chutzpah to call anyone names at all.
I first learned of the Irish Slave Trade when a Irish historical society under the auspices of ex-New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey published a lengthy expose of it. Frankly, I was quite shocked when I read it. I would hardly call McGreevey a white nationalist. Remember, he promoted his gay Israeli lover to the head of New Jersey Homeland Security. From there, my historical journey continued. I do not take my cues from white nationalists, and think their agenda is basically beneath my notice. Nor do I particularly care if the descendants of American/African slaves are offended by the notion that Irish people, including prisoners of war and captured children, might have been forced into slavery as well. I am curious why the Deep State Propaganda appendage called The New York Times feels the need to debunk this history so simplistically. I suppose I have some theories, but I am not particularly interested enough in the Times to delve at present. The political agenda of The New York Times is hardly difficult to discern, and all one has to do is read this article to get the gist of it.
Basically, The Times article stuffs the whole Irish Slave category into “Indentured Servitude” which is what stupid people do. It also states (risibly) that the descendants of the so-called Irish indentured servants faced no discrimination and had equal rights. My defense is this–go to the West Indies and get a phone book. Lots of Irish names in that phone book, most likely. They are Irish, partly. The other part is black. It’s a part of West Indian language, music, and culture. If a white Irish slave had a baby with an African slave, that partly Irish baby was considered Black, and a slave. This is a major mistake this article makes, not even considering this. Now, Liam Stack, who is listed as the author of this offensive hit piece, might say this could never have happened. Incredibly, even in the American South, white men would have their own sons as slaves when they had sex with their female slaves. So what special magic was there to protect people of Irish and African mixed race in the West Indies? None, and the whole article is basically debunked at this point.
The article is a slander salad of breathless, pouting little attacks, like President Donald Trump reads Infowars, Infowars had a piece on the Irish Slave Trade, some Irish people who have never probably ever been to Antigua except on jet skis say the Irish Slave Trade is debunked. What is your point? Trump is Scottish, and I like Jonestown as a spectator sport, but the real royalty of the alternative media (real as opposed to fake) are people like Claire and Mike Rivero, in my opinion. The New York Times is still party to genocide. They pushed WMDs in Iraq as vigorously as any other corporate shills did, even better. I won’t delve into the 911 cover-up. Maybe in another 80 years The New York Times will debunk itself again? Might not be around long enough for another virtue-signaling mea culpa.
Basically, the article says some white nationalists posted mean things on their message boards, got some facts wrong, and tried to use Irish Slave history to further their agenda. So what? How does that detract from the actual events? Some pictures of victims of the Dresden bombing were misused to supposedly depict victims in Hitler’s concentration camps. Doesn’t mean Hitler’s camps were actually paradise. This type of straw man attack runs wild in Stack’s article.
If I can force you to work, enslave your children, control your daily life, physically punish you and even put you to death, what are you?
This isn’t over by a long shot. I feel duty bound to try to bring some justice and recognition posthumously to the sufferers of the Irish Slave Trade. I actually wrote a short novel about it (linked below). On a positive note, this article is so bad it can’t help but raise a backlash against it, and may help raise awareness.
Apocryphally, it is said that not a single Irish victim of forced enslavement in the West Indies ever lived to return to Ireland to tell about it.Obviously, not being a reporter for The New York Times, I can make no sweeping generalizations about the veracity or nonveracity of this. However, it does seem to indicate that not much is known in Ireland about what became of their citizens exported as slaves in the 17th century. This makes Stack’s reliance on Irish historians only as problematic. People don’t like to be slaves, there is a stigma, but was not Saint Patrick himself a Briton, enslaved by Irish pirates and forced to work as a shepherd in Ireland before escaping home and becoming a priest? Revealing the history of the Irish Slave Trade could raise awareness for all slaves. It could open up avenues of investigation into the financial players who benefited from it. Who financed Cromwell, who owned the rum distilleries, who owned the slave ships? More information might help follow the money. The New York Times would support this if they were not fake news.
Notes: Get ready for liftoff in Bioelectronics land soon (again). I have no insider info, but I have been right. The company finally has time on its side, as it is eating up the clock toward further FDA approvals. This is a big time play, and the science is right. Also, BIEL has a great pipeline, so if a big marketing partnership comes to fruition, it pays for the promotion of other products down the road. It all stems from a central technology.
As promised, here is the link to my vampire novel about the Irish Slave Trade. I try to use similarities between Gaelic and West Indian slave language to underscore the linkage, and try to make it enjoyable for vampire novel fans.