I have chronicled over the past seven years of this blog's existence the growing racialist and supremacist reactions of whites in the U.S. to the thought of folk of European descent becoming a numerical minority. It is sadly nothing new, and really dates back at least to the 1990s (Carl Rowan wrote an excellent book on the phenomenon), but it has picked up pace in the 2000s as many whites see the browning of this country as a perceived threat to their racial privilege of dominating and controlling this country.
This phenomenon is not only a replay of what has happened since the demographic switch over has started in earnest during this decade, it is a universal theme from white-majority countries' response to the presence of non-white populations. It is why neo-Nazi and openly fascist parties are getting elected and becoming part of government coalitions in Europe (virtually every European country is dealing with this). Indeed, it is highly likely that in the near future most European countries will have governments led by unabashedly neo-Nazi and fascist parties at the helm (all of whom predicate their existence on expelling or controlling immigration from non-white [and in Europe's case mostly Muslim] countries).
Back here in the good ole US of A, where one cannot exactly get away with saying that Hitler was right (like the Golden Dawn in Greece), comes our right-wing militia groups. In the 1990s (before bombing the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City), this was a movement obsessed almost solely with gun control, but seeing how that issue has been resolved with the ownership of the legislative process on gun legislation by the NRA, they have found a new villain of the hour. Mexicans.
Militia plans to guard border by aiming guns at immigrants, start revolution if cops show up
Let us first address the phony issue these folks posit to justify threatening death and mayhem on immigrants: namely, that they are only enforcing immigration laws and opposed to illegal immigration. This is usually followed by how their ancestors (mostly back in the 19th century) came to the US legally and 'did it the right way.'
What most of these whites (and they are virtually 100% white and only worried about 'illegal immigration' from Mexico, not Canada [when was the last time you have seen any of these groups 'guarding' the border in the north?]) will not tell you, and maybe they sincerely lack historical understanding, modern immigration law in this country never existed until the Immigration Acts of 1917 and 1924, when the US imposed racial quotas on immigration to discourage immigration from non-Anglo Protestant nations. It was updated in 1965, but until the 20th century it was extremely difficult to immigrate into the US illegally. In fact, so long as you were not a disease carrier and OK with working 72 hour weeks in mines and factories for several years (and preferably were of European ancestry and not from Asia), you were an American. How ironic that the descendants of these people now talk about how much they support federal laws and regulations for the newer arrivals, or else they are illegal--particularly in light of the fact these same groups pine constantly about their hatred of the federal government and government regulations and the bureaucratic-strangulation effect of their implementation in all facets of life in this country. But not on immigration (well, today's immigrants, not their ancestors, naturally).
In addition, if we are to base their threatened murderous acts on law enforcement and Mexican immigrants on some newfound love for federal law, and wanting to do things the legal and right way, I am sure those same white conservatives must be wondering how and where they ended up in this country. After all, unless you live in a few ex-settlement areas of the East Coast, virtually 100% of this country's territory was someone else's, in some cases well into the late 19th century. In fact, much of this country's territory, in the American Southeast, as well as the West and Southwest, were promised to these original occupants in perpetuity by treaty, to which our own Constitution obligates our federal government to abide by after ratification. Obviously, we did not follow those treaties. Our federal government in the 19th century violated those treaties en masse and expelled and murdered many of this country's original (i.e., real) Americans to clear way for the very descendants of immigrants (who came to this country when immigration law was virtually non-existent for European arrivals) to tell us about the importance of following the letter of federal law!
And by the way, if it was just about abiding by the law, why threaten violence on police officers if they show up? That seems somewhat antithetical to one's pro-law-and-order value system, if one believed any of these psychos with homicidal tendencies ever cared about such a thing. But then it only exemplifies just how much these groups really never cared about the law to begin with. Or to put it more aptly, the law only matters when it is being absolutely applied to people from outside your group. When it is you, you retain the right to ignore the law and threaten violence. Here is one of the fine specimen of manly meat merely attempting to murderously threaten his way to getting what he wants.
Surely, this man privately loves all peoples from Latin America and thinks Martin Luther King, Jr. was on the right side of history.
As noted in the article, if you want some fun (or a scare), just go to this wannabe violent wingnut's Twitter account to see just how crazy the militia's self-appointed 'commander' really is. Here are some examples of his posts. Just consider, this person is trying to 'guard' our border.
This is what happens when white conservatives spend too much of their time watching John Wayne movies.
As aforementioned, at the end of the day, most of these folks betray their intentions and motivations when asked about the groups they are targeting. Here are some honest "anti-illegal" rally signs over the past few years.
OK, I have to admit, that last sign was ironically awesome. If nothing else, I appreciate these bigots for being open and truthful about what they think. Most white conservatives in the US would not have the guts to hold up those signs and proudly announce their ignorance. They would continue to say it is just about being in the US illegally. Speaking of which, here is an original American telling some anti-immigrant demonstrators who the illegals are.
Sure it's only about immigrating here legally. And LeBron is going to stay in Miam...oh, never mind.