Remembering the Oppression of the Irish and Rejecting Injustice Today

There is something deeply appropriate to me about celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the midst of Lent. Celebrating the resilience of my ancestors’ faith and spirit in the face of colonialism, imposed starvation, and forced migration seems fitting during this season. May this make today’s Irish-Americans pause and remember that today is not about green beer or bagels but a long and painful history of oppression and community. May it remind us to reject the injustice and oppression present in the world today (at a time when few Syrian refugees are free to enter this country to escape repression) and stand for the dignity of all.