When you notice things about various racial groups, you’re often confronted with the fact that people used to notice things about a lot of other racial groups. For example, it used to be common to have bad opinions about the Irish and the Italians.
Nowadays, we’re all supposed to know that those old ideas are absurd. No one pays attention to who is Italian these days, they’re just white people!
And yet . . .
If you pay attention to what’s happening in Europe, you can’t help but notice that the bigots of yesteryear seem to have been on to something. All the nationalities that were discriminated against in 1800s and early 1900s in America – the Italians, the Irish, the Greeks, the Spaniards – are the ones that are close to default in Europe today. All the nationalities that are supposed to do the bailing out are the ones that were not discriminated against (and that presumably did the discriminating) in the same time period – for example, the Germans and the Scandinavians.
I’m sure this is just coincidence.