The Dark History of St. Patrick’s Day: Exploring its Roots in Oppression and Colonialism

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide as a day of Irish heritage, culture, and green-colored festivities. However, few people know about the dark history behind the holiday. St. Patrick’s Day is rooted in a legacy of oppression, colonialism, and religious intolerance. This paper explores the dark history of St. Patrick’s Day, shedding light on the little-known origins of the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day traces its origins back to the 17th century when the English colonized Ireland. The Irish were a predominantly Catholic population, but the English were Protestant. The English colonizers viewed the Irish as inferior and barbaric, and they sought to impose their religion and culture upon the Irish. The English banned the Irish language, suppressed Catholicism, and enforced harsh laws that denied Irish people their basic human rights.

As a result, the Irish people were subjected to centuries of oppression, violence, and discrimination. They were denied education, property, and employment opportunities. They were forced to live in poverty, endure famine, and suffer from disease. The Irish people were dehumanized, and their culture was erased.

St. Patrick’s Day emerged as a form of resistance to English colonialism. It was a way for the Irish to assert their identity and celebrate their culture in the face of oppression. The holiday was initially a religious feast day honoring St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. However, over time, St. Patrick’s Day became a symbol of Irish nationalism and a way to resist English rule.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1762 by Irish soldiers who were serving in the British army. The parade was a way for the soldiers to connect with their Irish heritage and celebrate their culture. However, as St. Patrick’s Day became more popular, it also became more political.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, St. Patrick’s Day parades in the United States were often used as a platform for Irish nationalist and anti-British sentiment. Irish immigrants used the holiday as a way to express their anger and frustration with the English colonial system. They also used the holiday to raise awareness about the plight of the Irish people and to raise money for the Irish independence movement.

St. Patrick’s Day continued to be a symbol of Irish nationalism throughout the 20th century. However, the holiday also became more commercialized and less political. In the 1950s, the Irish government began promoting St. Patrick’s Day as a way to boost tourism and attract foreign investment. The holiday became associated with green beer, parades, and shamrocks, rather than political protest and resistance.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world as a fun-filled holiday with little connection to its dark history. However, the legacy of Irish oppression and colonialism still resonates with many people. Some Irish people still see St. Patrick’s Day as a way to resist English domination, while others see it as a way to celebrate their culture and heritage.

In conclusion, St. Patrick’s Day is more than just a day of green beer and leprechauns. It has a dark history rooted in centuries of oppression, colonialism, and religious intolerance. The holiday emerged as a form of resistance to English rule and a way for the Irish people to assert their identity and celebrate their culture. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world as a fun-filled holiday, but its legacy of Irish oppression and colonialism still resonates with many people.


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Babies and the ‘Cost of Inaction’

I, Healthyheartbeatz, a grown man of 25, have a soft spot for children in need. Me, with all of my bravado and manliness, me with all of my outspokenness and inclination to argue, YES I still cringe every time I see a helpless child in need on TV or displayed in an advertisement. That may have to do with my ridiculous sensitivity and sympathy, not to mention I am also very much so captivated by puppies, but that is besides the point of course! Children are our future and taking care of them is priority! We can’t let them turn into mindless zombies, something must be done!

Why must you bother me with all of this? Well, I stumbled upon a series of recent studies put together by (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights that of course made me cringe and fired up my synapses in order to reach out to you, our Wondergressivers (ererers). But let’s take it easy, I am not in any way trying to make you, our loving reader, pay anything or donate anything. This is a news group dedicated to researching and informing others! Naturally that is exactly how this will all play out, and without any final request other than for the lot of you to be “in the know”-

Onwards! The studies discussed were particularly interesting because they emphasize that poor kids that are suffering around the world are specifically suffering from inaction even when we are wasting 40% of our food as well as 25% of our freshwater daily. Sudhir Anand, speaking on a panel at The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health

Failing to intervene nutritionally to aid malnourished children can stunt them for life and failing to provide antiretroviral drugs to parents can turn their children into orphans, putting them at increased risk of falling into crime, drug abuse, prostitution, and other societal ills.

Just think, all of our non-action towards the kids of tomorrow acts as a catalyst for failure in the future. Who knows when the next Einstein will be neglected or the next Copernicus will starve to death or the next Socrates will be condemned by society… wait, just a second. Countess Albina du Boisrouvray, a passionate supporter of helping the children of the world and founder of (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, said in an interview:

There are more than a billion of these children around the world, they are living in extreme poverty. They live by codes of conduct completely divorced from ours, and the older they get, the harder it will be to reintegrate them, even at great cost. Each day, they drift further and further.  A huge percentage of the world’s adults are going to be almost a different species. This is terrible for society and for the economy — for everything officials are supposed to be worried about — as well as terrible for the kids.

But of course it’s not only the poor who are suffering, we have kids suffering daily from our public school failures as well as neglected children of our country.

There is no link to donate, there is no outcry to change your ways, its a simple message, a pass off of knowledge. So don’t forget our youngins. Babies are our future, past, present, and just about everything else. Without babies we wouldn’t exist. Some babies are super lucky being thrown into traffic and surviving unscathed. Other babies are watched over by angels as they simply survive unforeseen complications at their birth. Just a little baby power to end on a high note. Preacher OUT!



(FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights

The Cost of Inaction

Cost of Doing Nothing

Wasted Resources

Forum at Harvard School of Public Health

Neglect – American Humane Association

Wondergressive: Public School Failure in America

Wondergressive: TV and the Brain

Wondergressive: Fat Poor Kids

Babies (film)

Baby Survives Car Crash in Russia

Baby Born With Heart Out of Body

Laughing Baby – Caution You Will Laugh/Giggle/Tehehehe