Sometimes I feel that white people want to feel oppressed too so they can ignore the dirt their ancestors have done. I feel you, I understand trying to say that you are different, that you understand because your nationality was oppressed at one point. But this is true hard facts here, that you can’t ignore. You cannot put Irish stereotypes next to lynchings, next to genocides and say it’s all the something.
White people will never fully understand the suffering that POC’s have suffered, you can sympathize but never know it. Realizing that is the first step.
The other difference is, AFAIK, most of us white people in the current generation/age have never actually experienced violent oppression* based solely on our skin color (see: racial profiling, racially motivated lynchings that are still fucking happening, etc etc fucking etc) while POC’s actively face it/the real possibility of it every. single. day.
(*yes there are white people killed extra judicially - which is what lynching is - the most recent example reporter James Foley, but it is an extremely small number compared to those lynchings that target POCs and is rare to almost non existent on US soil, while POC are lynched so often on US soil that it’s 2014 for fuck’s sake and lynching POC’s is still fucking routine.)