Affirmative Action


Ah here.

Historian David Lunn tweetz:

 In place of the Black and Tans — the notorious division of the Royal Irish Constabulary — [historian] Jeremy Black enlightens us as to the violent role of “the black and trans people”…..Easter Rising? Or Stonewall Riot? #proofreadingmatters (as does knowing your subject)…


Jeremy Black

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31 thoughts on “Affirmative Action

    1. Tony

      Rebel song reference with bonus subtle back of the class snigger at trans people. Top banter alright

        1. Bodger

          The non-literal intended joke is on the now inappropriate line in the famous song. Hence the ‘Oh’ when the small print is read. I do see where you’re coming from and have changed it and I am sorry for the offence caused.

          1. Bodger

            I could explain it better. It’s meant to conjure up an old rebel singing the song and realising too late it’s not the black and tans but the black and trans and goes ‘Oh’. It’s inappropriate but innocent if that makes any sense.

          2. V

            I laughed

            And I’m laughing now again at the indignation

            And it’s going to be in my head for the day


  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    That’s quite an exposure for a well-published (and decorated!) historian not to have done their research properly. And he an Englishman.

  2. Rob

    Whatever about a typo, it seems the lack of IRA uniforms apparently encouraged a lack of care when mounting illegal reprisals, i.e. extra judicial killings, i.e. murders.

    Impressive levels of blame shifting there.

    1. Hansel

      One person’s “contentious reprisal” is another person’s “state sanctioned systematic terrorism of unarmed civilian population by paramilitary forces”.

    1. V

      Or even hum The Minstrel Boy -there won’t be enough room on Twitter and Facebook for all the complaints and hashtags

      Or mention The Yellow Bellies – might trigger self-esteem issues – we’re all body positive now

      Limerick, You’re a Lady – not anymore you’re not

      And as for We’re on the one Road well good luck figuring out North Men South Men Comrades All

      LGBTQRSTUV behind d’ Wire kinda works tho’

  3. Kingfisher

    Headline opportunity sadly missed: Come Out Ye Black and Trans. Oh, wait, I see the dispute about the headline – sorry if I misjudged you.

  4. Rob_G

    Christ don’t tell Gemma – if she finds out it was actually them that burned Cork, she’ll have a conniption

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