Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hating Mexicans: The New American Pastime

As a descendant of immigrants, like most every American, I am thankful for much. To be sure, my prosperity came at the expense of this continent’s original occupants, and I am mindful of the theft, but as selfish as it sounds I am grateful there was something like this country for my German and Italian ancestors to come to, avoiding the fate of those two countries in the 20th century. The stereotypes against the early Italian arrivals were hardly complimentary. Most were seen as, “dirty,” “criminal,” “lazy,” and “swarthy.” The fact that many of the early gangsters in the US were of Italian ancestry did not help the cause.

Today, we are seeing a replay of these same stereotypes, except on a more massive scale. To be a Latino, especially someone from Mexico, today is almost like being a member of a marauding horde. Sounds crazy? Look at these quotes from popular radio host Michael Savage (a descendant of Eastern European Jews allowed into this country by a people much more tolerant than himself):

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"If I were more than one man--and I'm not, I'm only a radio host --I would organize a march this week where we would burn Mexican flags in the street. Then I would like to see how our hard-working brethren would react, our friends from the south. Let's see how they would react."

“If you study the history of human evolution, and I realize this is quite a jump, you will see that throughout history there were various species that arrived on planet Earth prior to homo sapiens, current man, modern man. And as one group came along, it displaced the previous group. We, the people, are being displaced by the people of Mexico. This is an invasion by any other name.”

“Twenty-nine percent of all inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens. No, Mr. Bush, they do not all come here to work, they do not all come here to work. They come here to work the system, sell drugs, rape, and kill on contract.”

http://mediamatters.org/items/200603310008
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Talk radio has always been a lightning rod for this type of bigotry. Back in the ‘90s, they were the angry white men worried about the federal government taking their guns and turning our Constitution over to the UN. Today, their new ZOG is Mexico. The saddest part is that Savage is not the only or even the most vitriolic of the bunch.

Here is talk show host Doug McIntyre about a Mexican-American school in Los Angeles that he took exception to.

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“[The administrator wants to] keep his school, his madrasa school, open so they can train the next generation of Aztec revolutionaries. Again, I want to make sure that we emphasize this: This school should close.”

“Aztecs butchered and ate Spanish invaders. I wonder if they're teaching that at ASDP.”

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20070419-0236-ca-schoollawsuit.html
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Here is radio host Brian James advocating the murder of Mexican immigrants who cross the border.

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“What we'll do is randomly pick one night every week where we will kill whoever crosses the border,” James said in the March 8 broadcast. “Step over there and you die. You get to decide whether it's your lucky night or not. I think that would be more fun.”

He said he would be “happy to sit there with my high-powered rifle and my night scope” and kill people as the cross the border. He also suggested that the National Guard shoot illegal immigrants and receive “$100 a head.”

http://www.hispanic.cc/kfyi_right-wing_radio_host_advocates_murdering_border_crossers.htm
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Here is right-wing talk show host Neal Boortz advocating the nuclear contamination of Mexico.

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“I already have received at least one brilliant email today about the immigration problem, because apparently out on the West Coast they're having a problem -- they're having some demonstrations over the disposal of nuclear waste. You know how the left loves to -- 'Ah, you're poisoning.' This person sent me an email, said when -- when we defeat this illegal alien amnesty bill and when we yank out the welcome mat and they all start going back to Mexico, as a going-away gift let's all give them a box of nuclear waste. Give 'em all a little nuclear waste and let 'em take it on down there to Mexico. Tell 'em it can -- it'll heat tortillas. Or something like that.”

“You see, folks, you need to take a problem like this, and you can combine several problems and come up with solutions just by combining them, can't you? I love it. I love it. OK, go home. Here is a lovely parting gift. A home tortilla warmer. Yeah, ‘Media Myrmidons’ will have that one by tomorrow.”

“I mean, it's clear. There is no intent to shut the border down. None. If there was, they [Congress] would do what the American people want them to do: pass a law, appropriate the money, and fund it -- to build a double fence along the Mexican border, and stop the damn invasion. I don't care if Mexicans pile up against that fence like tumbleweeds in the Santa Ana winds in Southern California. Let 'em. You know, then just run a couple of taco trucks up and down the line, and somebody's gonna be a millionaire out of that. But there's no intent in this -- what, taco truck -- OK -- I gotta -- I gotta tell you why that's a -- back in a moment.”

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=2106
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Amazingly, those are not even the worst statements. I deliberately do not listen to talk radio for a reason, but when I did recently I was surprised at the level of hatred vented towards Mexicans (I recall one local radio host this last year claiming we should just put IEDs from Iraq along the Mexican border).

The first question I ask myself, why is this happening? Historically, this is not unusual. When the Irish first arrived into this country in large numbers in the 19th century, it encouraged a nativist backlash, leading to the creation of the Know Nothing Party--designed for the sole purpose of expelling all Irish Catholic immigrants from the US. When Italians, Eastern Europeans, and Jews began immigrating to the US in large numbers in the late 19th century, it incited the eugenics movement, which purported to show that Anglo-Saxon peoples were racially superior to non-Anglo whites, as well as blacks and everyone else outside of the accepted group. This culminated in the racial immigration quotas (or the Immigration Act of 1924) implemented under President Calvin Coolidge, which installed a cap on allowing immigrants from non-Anglo backgrounds, particularly Jews, Slavs, and Italians. Those laws remained in place until after World War Two.

The targeting of Mexicans fall along the same lines, but there is one big difference. White people in the 19th and 20th century were never threatened with becoming an ethnic minority in America. There were never so many Jews, Poles, Russians, Irish, and Italians that they threatened the white race of this country. Indeed, over time, they were adopted into white circles following World War Two, when it became clear that the Eastern and Southern European immigrants were not going to perform ritualistic sacrifices on the blonde-haired, blue-eyed maidens.

The problem with Mexican immigrants, in the minds of those whites who are critical of their presence, is that they are much greater in numbers. There are more of them and they are right next door. They are not even European. They are also part of a wave that will contribute to the cumulative effect of making whites a numerical minority in this country by the middle part of the 21st century (for the first time since the early colonies nearly four centuries ago). This is why there is such a concentration on language, culture, and the loss of those norms by whites. To that extent, the hatred of Mexicans is much worse and potentially more dangerous than the historical antecedents of anti-Irish, Jewish, and Italian sentiments expressed over a century ago. Ireland, Israel, and Italy never had half of their countries invaded and annexed into the US.

Thus it is why even members of the intelligentsia, political scientists like Samuel Huntington, will write texts (a chapter from the Clash of Civilizations and Who Are We? The Challenges to American National Identity) dedicated to the proposition that the acceptance of Mexican immigration will inevitably lead to conflict and dissolution of the southwest to Mexico. It never occurs to people that the average Mexican has no concept of these ideas. They are coming here for much more practical reasons, like getting jobs, making money, and trying to provide for their families. Even amongst the less savory lot, there are no crime syndicates expressly seeking the destruction of the US. No, instead, Mr. Huntington, an Anglo-Protestant himself, expounds that the problem with Mexicans is that they are culturally incongruent to American society, because Hispanics are prone to have a “lack of ambition” (the “tomorrow” culture) and “acceptance of poverty as a virtue necessary for entry into Heaven.” Those are the words of a man who is supposed to be one of the luminaries of my discipline.

Ultimately, whites are fighting a battle they will not win. Whether we like it or not, we will be a minority, regardless of whether we mine the entire border with Mexico. It is simply a matter of time. And how we behave will dictate our future relations with the people we dehumanize today.

4 comments:

admin said...

Thank you so much for being part of the group of us trying to expose the hypocrisy and hatred that driving the immigration debate.

With your permission, I am linking this on my website at http://mexicotrucker.com

Saludos desde Mexico

TA said...

Yes, absolutely. BTW, your blog is a very good read with interesting, topical coverage. With your permission, I'd like to add it to my blog roll. Grazie, T.

Rosaxé said...

Thank you for this post, but I believe you are wrong when you say that whites will inevitably be the minority. Right now Hispanics make up 15% of the U.S. 15% to the approximate 66% of Caucasians. I don't think this merits panic.
In addition, studies indicate that second and third and later generations are less likely to retain the native language, more likely to marry outside of their culture, and so forth. Whites need not worry.

TA said...

Thanks Rosaxe. Yes, you're right that whites having nothing to fear and that Latino immigrants are not going to be the majority. However, demographics show that Americans of European descent will be a numerical minority between 2050-2055 (and that so-called non-Europeans, however this is defined, will combine to be a majority [with Latinos, African Americans, Asians, and everyone else]). This to me is what drives the renaissance of anti-immigrant attitudes in this country (and it is coming primarily from whites). People like Pat Buchanan are more honest about this. Latinos are the victims because there are a larger number of Latino immigrants in the US than any other group (and present an easy target for people who want to expel or commit even greater crimes against them). It is sad, but as noted it is not entirely unusual in this country's history. Still, I think it is only going to get worse in the coming years. Indeed, I think the open racism of anti-immigrant appeals in the US are going to resemble what is taking place in Western Europe. I hope I am wrong, but the spate of immigrant-bashing, English-only laws, and the kind of invocation for violence being spewed on our radios appears to be indicative of an ugly trend.