What If Mexico Was â€œWhiteâ€??
Treaties like NAFTA and CAFTA have further impoverished the region and are the main reasons Mexicans who canâ€™t make a decent living come across the border to the U.S. The question is: if Mexico was a white country would American policies continually stifle Mexicoâ€™s economic possibilities? The answer is there for everyone to see: Look at the way the U.S. deals with Canada.
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The portrayal of Mexicans as villains has intensified due to the immigration debate.
Some insist racism isn’t involved in the vitriol. Does anyone believe that
In 2006, the immigration debate was resurrected by politicians to distract the American people from the mounting failures of the Iraq War and its scandals such as the Haditha massacre—of 24 civilians—and the rape and murder of 14-year-old Iraqi Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi.
These incidents threatened to galvanize outrage over an unpopular war that’s been steadily draining the economy. A report on CNN this morning estimates a $1.5 trillion cost for both the Afghan and
The troubling aspect of this is the cynical understanding by politicians that racism can always be used to divide. Pundits now screaming about immigration reform claim to be against “illegal immigration,” not immigrants per se. That is a damn lie.
If “illegality” was so troubling why aren’t these righteous and law-abiding people demanding the impeachment and imprisonment of members of George Bush’s White House—the most criminal in history? The Bush Administration took this nation to war based on lies. It is a war-for-profit scheme that has looted the Treasury, while causing the deaths of 3,000-plus American soldiers. Iraqi death estimates, treated as a sidebar by mainstream media, are over a million.
The Bush Administration has engaged in illegal wiretapping—a violation of the FISA Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)—while outing CIA agent Valerie Plame-Wilson’s identity. The Geneva Conventions have been ignored, with tortures and “extraordinary renditions” where suspects are flown to third countries to be tortured on behalf of the
If Lou Dobbs and his compadres were so appalled by illegality why aren’t they calling for these charlatans running the government to be hung from the public square? You would also imagine that, in the aftermath of the Jena Six case, where nooses have been appearing all across the country, these champions of “legality” would be denouncing those who would prefer to revert this country to the lawlessness of the lynching era.
This isn’t about illegality. It’s about class racism.
The Bible states “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Both
In the raging debate over immigration,
“Manifest Destiny” articulated that the territory and sovereignty of non-white “heathens” could be breached. It is no coincidence that Klan and Neo-Nazi membership are resurging since the immigration issue resurfaced. Keep in mind, economics was usually at the center of all the race riots in
Wealth and accumulation of assets are central in any debate about race or immigration. Racism in
When the Monroe Doctrine was enacted, on December, 2, 1823, by President James Monroe the main principle behind it was to facilitate hegemonic expansion of the empire in all of the
The doctrine subverted the independence and right to self-determination of these nations and made them subservient to
Fidel Castro went against the grain and American elites tried to murder him over the years. Others like Castro’s friends,
Treaties like NAFTA and CAFTA have further impoverished the region and are the main reasons Mexicans who can’t make a decent living come across the border to the
The question is: if
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