Adding to my string of posts that highlight some things IÃ‚Â find disgusting, IÃ‚Â offer this.Ã‚Â This link doesn’t provide the picture that accompanies the hard version I found on my sidewalk this morning.Ã‚Â And that’s too bad because in this case a picture’s worth a million words.Ã‚Â Two ladies standing behind a policeman, are screaming at someone who’s not in the frame, they’re mouths gaping, their lips curled back, baring their teeth like animals, as though they can barely keep their sanity.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on the issue of illegal immigration, butÃ‚Â for a group–a town–who claims their problem with immigrants isn’t racially motivated, the signs they were schlepping sure tell a different tale.Ã‚Â DIVERSITY=DEATH and WELCOME TO AMERICA.Ã‚Â NOW SPEAK ENGLISH.
Nice.Ã‚Â That really explains how their issue with immigration isn’t about race or culture.
I know American citizens–eighty years, ninety years-old who barely speak English.Ã‚Â They’re patriotic, law abiding, successful in their own ways.Ã‚Â
Yes, there is a problem that needs to be solved, but this isn’t the way to go.Ã‚Â Like many issues in America, this one is multi-layered.Ã‚Â To be honest, I’m not sure I disagree with the move to punish companies that hire illegal immigrants–I think corporations are endlessly getting away with breaking laws in every arena possible.Ã‚Â But, the way the issue is gelling in the streets, it takes on a venomous, spiteful tone.Ã‚Â You can’t just yank one layer of the problem away, without undergirding the rest of it.
This kind of situation, the rally–the emotion–literally nauseates and saddens me.Ã‚Â I simply can’t believe the hate that bubbles up as people try to further careers and make names for themselves. I can’t imagine feeling the hate myself and it scares me that 700 people in Hazleton, PA seem to.Ã‚Â
There are people living in that town who oppose the mayor’s plan and boy do I feel bad for them.Ã‚Â
I don’t understand people like the 700 who attended the rally with such blackness in their heartsÃ‚Â and God, I hope I never ever feel what they do because if I do, that’ll mean I’ve lost my humanity.Ã‚Â In my opinion, anyway.
I realize I have no answers and I don’t personally live with much of this, but if people don’t figure out how to have this conversation like adults, it’ll never be solved.Ã‚Â Take a look in those history books, Hazleton, you’re not covering new ground here.Ã‚Â Find another way.Ã‚Â