Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Noel Ignatiev

The following is based on a speech given on November 12, 2011, by Noel Ignaitev, a Professor of History at the Massachusetts College of Art and author of the book “How The Irish Became White”.

The United States, like every country in the world, is divided into masters and slaves. For a long time the problem here has been that many of the slaves think they are masters because they think they are white. By white, I am not referring to skin color, but to some people’s belief that they are represented in the society. They may not get everything they want, but at least they are heard.

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