What exactly does the term “Fighting Irish” mean? In the matter of fact, this term has come much to debate. But before I do, I would like to discuss a little Irish history.
First Irish Immigrants
In the early 19th century, The Irish immigrants that came to America were Catholic went with the intent to escape the opposition. As the Irish stepped on the American soil, they quickly realized that wasn’t the case. This thinking came from years from England opposition. (read more)
As stated above, Irish immigrants came at a time that they weren’t wanted and the term “Fighting Irish” was created. The Irish immigrants were regarded as drunks, that would fight amongst each other in the lower rungs of society. (read more)
According to Dorothy V. Corson in her essay “Why the Fighting Irish,” the usage was not original, but a continuing custom from earlier Colonial times. The bulk of the first Catholic immigrants were Irish — so that Catholics and Irish were identical in the public mind. It is sad to recall now, but few of the original states were without laws against them. Advertisements for ‘help wanted’ commonly carried the restriction: “No Catholics. No Irish.” The Puritans were the first to cry: “Stop the Irish!”
Notre Dame Mantra
Notre Dame used, “Fighting Irish” as their school’s mantra as an underdog warrior fighting back. Some believe that it negatively stereotypes Irish people and want to rename. The reason is that advocates call for the renaming of the Cleveland Indians, and Washington Redskins nicknames. (read more)
In my opinion
I feel if the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins are considering renaming their nicknames, then the Notre Dame should be allowed. Although, I believe that it is their perspective to change. However, I don’t feel it is necessary to do so, It has been a mantra for the teams and It should be left how it.
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