I see the usual whiners going on about how Africans suffered more than the Irish. If any of them was capable of rational discourse, I would say:
Slavery under different names and different forms and to different degrees is a constant of human history. All effective civilizations have instrumentalized the labor of the poor, whether they are called slaves, serfs, peons, share-croppers, helots, or auto workers. When a Northern Senator declared in the late 1850s that northern states had eliminated slavery, James Henry Hammond famously replied. "Yes, sir, the name but not the thing." Marxist historians like Fogel and Engerman and Gene Genovese have much to say on this point.
I too get as disgusted with my Irish-American relatives for their whining as I am tired of every other race and ethnicity whining about its problems. I once met a Hungarian pastor who piously told me--this was in Zagreb--that although everyone else in the Balkans had beaten up on some other group, the Hungarians were entirely free of imperialism. He was counting on my ignorance of Balkan history.
Back when Jesse Jackson was still some kind of man, he commented on the holocaust obsession, "Other people have suffered to.." He had a point.
People who actually know more about history than what will ever be published in the New York Times can talk about how the Irish were hired for dangerous and dirty work no one would waste a slave on--the correspondence exists. So what? Black Africans enslaved other Black Africans and sold them to Arabs who sold the to Spaniards who sthem to Anglo-Americans. So what?
Two thoughts to chew on. The first is Zora Neale Hurston's admiration for the American Indians because there was no whine in them. That is mostly true even today, though there are a lot of pretentious part-Indians who have learned to make a living out of the minority complaints racket.
The second is Ezra Pound's observation that anyone who waits for someone to liberate him, is a slave. No one who is not free in his mind can ever be politically free, and those who are enslaved to bogus history and ideological can't will be forever slaves.
A young man from Massachusetts on FB is suggesting as a really bold and bright idea that Southern states adopt new names, repudiate their past, and remedy all their past abuses. There is a reason why so many Southerners like the bumper sticker, "I don't give a damn how you do things up North."
Here's a thought: Why don't Massachusetts Yankees deal with their own problems and quit minding other people's business? They virtually exterminated the Native Americans, got rich on the slave trade, compelled women and children to work in their mines and factories, and looted and raped their way across a good part of the country, causing the deaths of over half a million African Americans. Many if not most of their leaders in the Revolution were slave-owners. It's so much easier, though, to point out the mote in the eye of other people, At first I thought it might be a satire on the smugness and hypocrisy of the Northeast, but no. This ex FB "friend is serious. To think, I almost went to Harvard but they insisted on my finishing high school. That was a narrow escape!