Is my subconscious mind racist against the Irish? Insert “it’s more likely than you think” meme.
So I was dreaming stuff inspired by my actual childhood (a lot of walking around with my siblings punctuated with tedious domestic strife), but mashed up with TV’s The Sopranos – a show I only have a pop culture impression of. Dad was fully Tony, the rest of us were characters that didn’t exist. My sister was getting a ride from one of Tony’s boys, who was trying to molest her even tho I was in the backseat. We tussled a bit, then parted ways. Tony beat him to death while feeling slightly bad about it.
They leave a calling card for some Asian gangsters to frame him and dump the body in a crowded police precinct lobby. For some reason the crowd broke into song. No dance, but they did do a light show with laser pointers.
Cut to some kind of meeting with the Irish mob, led by a modern “Ma Kelly” type. She praises Tony’s cooking (she was holding a calzone) and then intros her daughter with, “All rise, for ‘God Save America,’ from the musical ‘Annie’.” (nonexistent) The girl starts lalala-ing the intro for uncomfortable minutes, until her mom interrupts with, “why don’t you sing something nice by Metallica?” She meant to imply Metallica’s (nonexistent) patriotic song, and cut the mic when the girl guessed wrong (“Sad but True”).
This all took place in a sportball field by an underpass, with colorful fall leaves strewn about. The mostly Irish audience were falling down drunk, like in another dream where they had to fight ninjas and were so insensate they didn’t mind getting slaughtered.
At the end of the dream I’m Junior Soprano again, waiting in a car with my sister, and I tell her, “It’s great how you don’t kill people who bother you.” She’s dismissive but I’m like, “You and I both know that’s a real skill, c’mon.”
Racism against the Irish in the USA isn’t the same thing it used to be, of course. Irish people were allowed to be considered white and that’s all she wrote. Now they’re actually part of a problem like the rest of us honkies. Aside from some very weird anticatholic throwbacks (are there any left since Jack Chick died?), nobody here is racist against them in a meaningful way.
Except me when I’m asleep. What’s up with that?