As we near another Saint Patrick's Day, I sincerely hope that newspapers can find something a little more intelligent than a barmaid holding a pint of green beer to adorn their front pages.
There seems always to be two opinions expressed about Saint Patrick’s Day. One, it’s great to wear the green and to celebrate our Irish heritage. The other is, unfortunately, more likely to portray the Irish as being fond of the drink. It seems too many consider the March 17th as an opportunity to spend the whole day drinking beer, (green).
It’s stereotyping and offensive. I doubt you will find many with a real Irish heritage and pride in the pubs drinking green beer.
As a nation Ireland has struggled more than most, yet its people have spread their knowledge and charm in books, music and theatre throughout the world. The Irish didn’t keep slaves, but they were slaves. They never came as conquerors, but know what it’s like to be conquered. They have never imposed their beliefs on others, but have added greatly to the civilized world.
Something you might think about on the 17th if you decide to wear the green. I wish you all a safe and happy Saint Patrick's Day.
F. Ben Rodgers