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Why are irish sometimes considered not white...?

...if they are mostly blue eyed, blonde, red-haired, light skinned...? 

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Because biologically, there are no genetically distinct races of humans. There is no objective way of defining so-called races.

    That's why racists can use all kinds of excuses to paint someone non-white... like they did to jews, gypsies, Irish, Catholics

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  • Magui
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Back in the 19 century they were victims of discrimination because they were Catholic and also not Anglo-Saxon (WASP).

    Btw, I don't think most Irish are blonde.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Back in the \/20th century they were not 

    seen as Caucasian but from what I understand 

    the Irish are primarily composed of fair skin

    though :->

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  • sarah
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Irish came in all colors. My dad was Irish and he had black hair and green eyes. They were truly emerald. Yet his children have blue eyes and blonde hair and my brother had red hair. Married a man who is Irish and we have two boys with blue eyes and brown curly hair.

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  • 2 months ago

    How do you define "white"?  You can't so your question makes no sense. In any case, most people in the world are not American and are not obsessed with the apparent colour of people's skin. The term "black Irish" refers to Irish people with dark hair, it is not a reference to skin colour.

    • .2 months agoReport

      If you can’t differentiate between an Irish, Japanese and Kenyan , you need good spectacles

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