To the Man With the Tweed Hat Who Sat Next to Me on the 128 Bus…

… and eyed me for a good five minutes before asking me, “And where are you from yourself?” and then, “New York? So you’re American. You know, we get a lot of foreigners in Ireland these days. They’re on the social welfare and they’re doing odd jobs and they don’t speak English. Immigrants, you know what I mean.”

and

“Oh, I’ve no problems with the Americans. Ye speak English and that. Just to say that this sort of thing is happening a lot these days. Lots of foreigners around here, you know. Taking from the government.”

Man with the tweed hat, I would like to ask you:

What would you have said to me if I weren’t American?

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