Success And Failures Of The Irish Community

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The Successes and Failures of the Irish Community
Sociology of Developing Countries

The Successes and Failures of the Irish Community
Throughout history many communities were formed for many different reasons. Some communities were able to become successful cultures while others did not. The reasons why communities are successful stem from many different reasons. “Some theories conclude that communities thrive and others do not because of social capital, or network connections among residents and community groups,”… “In addition some researchers have determined social capital to be related to various aspects of community life, from crime rates to the local economy,” (Whitham, M. M. ...view middle of the document...

In every society a majority and a minority exists. The majority often is the group of people whose community is the higher standard of living, and have members who are prosperous and successful. This group wants to remain in control by oppressing those who do not belong to this community. This oppression is often stemmed from race, gender, religious, or ethnic reasons.
On the other hand, communities that do not prosper are typically oppressed, and are minority communities. These communities are often thought of as being the slums, ghetto, or less desirable places to live. The members of this group have lower education rates, lesser family income, and live in areas of higher crime rates. The minority community is often harassed by local government officials or even members of the upper class. The motive for why the majority harasses the minority goes back to the simplest aspects of life. Just like in the animal kingdom the dominant and the strong prey on the weak for resources. As long as the stronger community can keep its’ members strong and prosperous, then the fear of losing their hunting grounds to rival communities are not relevant. In the realm of humanity, majority groups oppress minority groups for better well being, better homes, and better incomes. This factor can determine why in Europe the Irish, were oppressed by the English, and why many Irish descendents migrated to the United States.
“When Frederick Douglass traveled to Ireland in 1845, the fugitive slave and his benefactors hoped to develop a coalition between the oppressed peasants of Ireland and African-American slaves in the United States,”... “While in bondage, Douglass had read the speeches of Sheridan in support of Catholic Emancipation in the Columbian Orator and was impressed by the Iris Catholic leader’s strong utilitarian denunciation of slavery and bold vindication of human rights,”... “Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison believed that the Irish Repeal movement and the American Abolitionist movement of the 1840s shared much in common in terms of their political, social, and economic goals,” stated Christopher Black who is a teaching associate and doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University (Christopher Black, 2010, pg 17). Even though Frederick Douglas was a fugitive from America, he and his counter parts were merely attempting to form an alliance with the Irish. He assumed that since the Irish faced the same harshness from England, that the grass would be greener in Ireland. That they would feel empathy for The African slaves and render aid in the American colonies. “The Irish, who were thought of by the English as being childish, emotionally unstable, ignorant, or, dirty, vengeful, and violent, were not quick to help the African slaves for fear that...

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