To those of you wearing green for Irish pride and getting drunk for fun today, cheers and may you have a great time. But before you raise your glass to Bishop Patrick himself, I’d like to urge you to reconsider.
This year, as every year, I’ll be wearing black on St. Patrick’s Day in my own silent, peaceful objection to a man who was, essentially, a bully. And this year, like every year, a lot of people are going to get very angry at me for it.
Before you spill your green beer and we have to fight with black-varnished tourist shop shillelaghs, let me point you to my posts on this topic from past years:
How he’s a villain, not a hero, and why we shouldn’t celebrate him.
You might be saying, “Patrick wasn’t even a real person. Why be upset at what the legends say he did?” Here’s why.
I’m not urging anyone to skip out on the revelry and merriment today. I hope that all of you will enjoy a fun holiday, and if you have Irish ancestry I hope you’re as proud of it as I am. But consider wearing some black today, to remember the tragic destruction of tradition that was part and parcel of Patrick’s revenge on Ireland—the nation that enslaved him as a little boy.