From one war on people of color to another

From a CNN report: “An amendment cutting Bush’s Iraq request by $1.9 billion to pay for new aircraft, patrol boats and other vehicles, as well as border checkpoints and a fence along the Mexico border crossing near San Diego widely used by illegal immigrants was adopted on 59-39 vote.”

Really, when is the War on Illegal Immigration going to enter the official political lexicon alongside the War on Terrorism and the War on Drugs? Which are all essentially euphemistic pseudoynms for Excuses to Wage War on People of Color, when you get down to it.

Also: those politicians and other people who have hardline view on immigration should read this article about a Senegalese high schooler who has struggled for years to stay in america, stay alive, stay in school, only to face possible deportation now. As I’ve written before, I’m wary of the sort of appeals that pit “good immigrants” against “bad ones” – “Look at this brilliant, well-behaved high school student! Clearly, he deserves to stay in this country, unlike those other sorts of immigrants.” No, I don’t go for that sort of thing, and I hope that this article doesn’t encourage that kind of thinking. But you’d have to be a cold-hearted bastard to read something like this and yet still support legislation that would make this kid a felon and force him out of the country.

6 Responses to “From one war on people of color to another”

  1. 1 skyscraper

    wow, you’re so on point here. i mean, where do i even begin… i’ve extensively expressed my disgust and outrage with this ‘illegal immigrants deserve to be punished’ bullshit lately, and frankly i’m very drained and exhausted from saying the same thing over and over, and trying to get people to see my point. because i’m so sick and tired of ignorant, patriotic, delirious conservative’s one-dimensional, black/white judgments. nubian recently hosted a huge debate where i’ve seen the biggest radical division of opinions on this issue.

    yep, that’s atrocious; the whole good/bad immigrants thing, whereby some abstract white guys are gonna subjectively decide who’s deserving of staying, and who should be inhumanely detained, deported and labeled a felon, never to re-enter this country.

    you’d have to be a cold-hearted bastard to read something like this and yet still support legislation that would make this kid a felon and force him out of the country. – i agree, you’d have to be one. but who’s to say that the government and its supporters aren’t such “cold-hearted bastartds”? it’s gonna be very fuckin’ hard to convince me otherwise.

    i mean, we’re talking about the government that has killed and sacrificed hundreds, thousands and millions of its own people [of color, first and foremost] as collateral damage since its very inception until present day, for the sake of imperialist wars…. the government that until recently advocated legal slavery, segregation and colonization… (and i’m sure still covertly advocating that)… the government that doesn’t stop for a second to pressure poor countries into ‘free trade’ agreements in order to continue the legal pseudo-slavery of the starving third world countries, and to capitalize on their sweatshop labor? the government that ostensibly ‘liberates’ brown people from ‘oppression’ when it’s in its economic interests…? oh, gosh, i’d better stop right here…

    but yeah – IT IS A GLOBAL ‘WAR ON PEOPLE OF COLOR’ – so well said! neo-colonialism is much scarier than the explicit colonialism and slavery, i’m becoming more and more convinced of that!

  2. 2 skyscraper

    BTW, i linked you to me — i hope you don’t mind?

  3. 3 MyLeftSide

    I agree, it is the ole divide and conquer, I am Jamaican,and am saddened and shocked,hearing comments like, they need to send them home, coming from other Jamaicans. People see a sea of Latin faces and assume this issue is about them and not us. ” Until the basic human rights are equally guranteed to all, without regard for race there will always be WAR.” Bob Marley.

  4. 4 Jack

    Oh, no doubt – I think that our government is primarily populated by cold-hearted bastards. It’s not as if they don’t know that they’re going to be screwing lots of people over with their fucked up legislation – they know and they just don’t care.

  5. 5 Jack

    Yeah, I hate links, argh! (kidding, obviously. thanks!)

  6. 6 Jack

    Word. Divide and conquer, absolutely. It’s sad, and scary how well it works.

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