Behind the Irish freckled skin, George Zimmerman and the Stones in Hyde Park

Yes, these are mild cases when compared to what racism my African American friends have certainly felt over the years. Yet it is a mistake to assume that the Irish know nothing about the subject.

Of course, our race started on the bottom rung of the American socioeconomic ladder like everyone else.

If you want more recent examples, check out the brilliant book written by my buddy Colin Broderick. He has just written That’s That, which recounts his youth growing up among the tensions between the British and Irish in ways that are both hilarious and harrowing.

I’m sure this fellow parent’s prayers for Trayvon Martin’s mother and father will land in the right place with our Maker, even though my skin is a whiter shade of pale.

Mike Farragher’s book of essays can be found on www.thisisyourbrainonshamrocks.com.

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