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Arizona Immigration and Racism

July 30, 2010

The racism currently occurring over the Arizona immigration law controversy is appalling. The racism is so terrible because it’s aimed at just one particularly helpless group of people, unable to defend themselves at the risk of losing what they already have.

Okay, I’m too lazy to write any more sentences like the last few, but yeah, it seems like more and more people are beginning to discriminate against Americans. Even Americans are catching onto this trend. Isn’t that racist? I think that we all pretty much just let it slide because we know we’re better than all the other countries out there, but it’s still racism no matter how you look at it. Besides, I think that a lot of the US population takes most of the insults other people throw at us as compliments.

Instead of focusing on Arizona and a law that is aimed at 1) enforcing laws that the federal government obviously can’t handle and 2) protecting Arizona’s obvious problem, having nothing to do with race (they’d be just as upset if it were illegal Europeans), why don’t we focus on Israel? The majority of the countries surrounding them have statements out that say that they want to kill them. A lot. Because they’re Jewish and they’re on land that their fake Muslim god said that they could have. Look, all I’m saying is that there’s “racism, maybe, it depends on your interpretation, but most sane people agree that it’s not racist once you look into it” and then there’s “I hate *insert nationality/group here*, I want them dead”. We need to deal more with the second one instead of doing things like this to the first one.

Since when did protests like that become OK? For either side? Look, I know you want to “make a statement”, but there’s certain things you don’t do. People are stupid. I sort of hate them. I know I’m libertarian and against too much police and I’m for protesting and stuff like that, but honestly it just feels dirty to me to do that sort of thing. I know it’s not going to happen, and I actually think that it’d be very bad for libertarian freedom if it did happen so I hope it doesn’t, but I dream of the days when you could grab a riot shield, a rifle stock, and a fire hose and just bash in their hippie faces.

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  1. Aptronym permalink
    July 30, 2010 11:58 pm

    That was a rather apropos incident, having close symbolic ties to the broader illegal immigration situation. The two men might have also made a point counter to their intentions: a large number of people just saw what it was like to have someone trespassing (in a manner of speaking) in the middle of their baseball game. Now imagine that several thousand times over and applied to an entire state.

    I’m wondering if there’s a way to join the protesters with cheers of “Stop racism! Support Arizona!” It’d take some work to determine whether there was anything on the opposition’s side worthy of the label “racism” (trampling on Americans is a partial match, and perhaps a case can be made that a person shouldn’t be allowed to stay in the country illegally just because he or she is Mexican), but the effect, if people showed up in numbers, would be amazing. Or one could stand across from the protesters, wearing a Diamondbacks jersey and an Arizona baseball cap and sipping a can/bottle of Arizona tea. Sipping. Smirking.

    Last random thought: Make the law a blanket ID/citizenship check upon arrest to remove even the faintest hint of a trace of profiling from the issue. Force its opposition one step closer to the truth: that they’re advocating illegal immigration. A more valid concern would be the rise of an “always carry your papers”-type state, but the law seems well-defined to only apply to those already breaking a law, so it is a minimal danger. Then it becomes an issue of whether you want millions of people breaking the law, which is a much trickier position to defend…

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