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14-yr-old Publishes Article Schooling American Historian in…American History

Whatever the equivalent of a writer's mic drop is, this is that.

Rebecca Fried has guts. At age 14 she challenged the research of Richard Jensen, a historian and former University of Illinois Professor, who claimed that anti-Irish discrimination in America was a myth. He said ‘No Irish Need Apply’ signs and newspaper ads were almost non-existent in the 1840’s – 1920’s. Rebecca proved him wrong.

She poked around on the web and discovered job ads and signs in storefronts saying *Irish need not apply.* Digging deeper, she found they appeared in cities across America, and she had the data to prove it.

 

Wanted advertisement displaying the qualification “No Irish need apply.” The New York Herald, Vol. XXVIII Issue 186,

 

Turns out Protestants were holding some bias against Irish Catholic immigrants.

She published a scholarly article on her findings and it’s now being read and referenced by American historians.

We love when Americans of all types are given a platform to challenge authority when they smell a rat. Jensen might be a lil’ embarrassed, but it’s important to keep the record real.

Everyone deserves to know the truth. Big ups to Rebecca for dropping the knowledge.

Éirinn go Brách!

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JP Sears: Comedy and Sincerity Go Hand in Hand

Making fun of yourself can be the opening to truly understanding yourself.

You may have stumbled across JP Sears’ comedy videos taking loving pokes at ‘New Age’ lifestyles. He’s a Youtube sensation who first caught the eye of folks online in 2013. Now, with more than 600k subscribers, he makes fun of everything from the essential oil fad, gluten intolerance, astrology, and Bitcoin.

His jokes are good—sometimes too good—and make us question ourselves a bit. That is exactly his point, these jokes roast himself too. Humor keeps us humble, it is the opening of a new conversation stripped of ego.

After dropping out of college, Sears began studying holistic cultures at age 18, going on to become a life coach. After gaining recognition as someone with an acute sense of humor, he went on to write a book called How to be Ultra Spiritual – “a 12 1/2 Step Guide to Spiritual Superiority”.

 

 

“I needed it for self-therapy because so much of the New Age culture and New Age practices are a part of my life and a very beneficial part of my life, yet there’s another side to the beneficial coin for everything,” Sears told the Charleston City Newspaper.

“I was finding myself having egotistical agendas and judgments hiding within my new age and spiritual practices. The videos and the book [How to be Ultra Spiritual] became a way for me to shine the light of awareness on the shadow side of me.”

Sears compares his humor and sincerity with his left hand and right hand—both are different and don’t work quite as well alone.

Feature photo: Jonathan Boncek / Scott Suchy

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