It didn’t take long for the culture vultures to begin feasting on the recently deceased Queen Elizabeth II.
Articles in newspapers, tweets from professors and chatter from TV talking heads all emerged decrying the Queen and her nation’s history of colonization. But one group remained conspicuously, and unusually, quiet about the death of a British Monarch. That group is American Irish Catholics.
For us plastic Paddies of a certain age, the death of the Queen is complicated. Growing up in my Irish Catholic family in Philadelphia in the 1980s the only thing we hated more than the English were the Dallas Cowboys. Maybe. For me, back then, England was not a domain of castles and knightly romance. It was the nation that starved half of Ireland