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Teach Your Children Well

Racist chants at a basketball game between Southern Mississippi University and Kansas State University highlight why we need to teach our children about ills of racism.

It's March Madness, and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have already made their mark. Not by making the most baskets...would have been nice. No, their fans were chanting to a Kansas State player that he needed to get his green card while he took his foul shots. Their racism was so gross that the Southern Mississippi college president quickly apologized with "deep regrets." We are so proud.

Well, I am happy that the college has enough sense to at least put a good public face on the state of racism in the great state of Mississippi. While on the stage of the NCAA basketball tournament we would not want to display overt racism...wouldn't be right. Read about it here.

While the kids are being reprimanded for their racism at the NCAA tourney their state leaders are proceeding with their own agenda at the Mississippi State House. The legislature in Mississippi is controlled in both houses by the GOP and the governor is a Republican, so it follows that they are in the process of passing an immigration law similar to the Arizona's and unfortunately the law we have here in Georgia. The kids will always share the truth...and in this case the truth is ugly. Create a law that singles out those with brown skin, arrest them and remove them from our streets. Call them illegal and teach your children to hate them simply because they are looking for the chance we have had and they have brown skin.

Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to undocumented workers. Congress was supposed to pass a comprehensive immigration law and didn't. So for over 25 years the USA was exploiting the labor of those brown-skinned workers and benefiting hugely by their labor. These undocumented have families, houses, kids and lives here in the USA. As a country, we have a responsibility for all of those that came, worked, and created a life. There is no doubt in my mind that our implicit allowance for their coming and going to the USA carries a responsibility for fairness. And then, there are the words on the Statue of Liberty:

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Every day some poor soul will be pulled over for some minor traffic infraction and after their rights as human beings have been trampled on they will ultimately be sent back to Mexico. So much for probable cause, so much for the words on the Statue of Liberty. Our police will pull you over and because you are brown skinned and undocumented we'll mess with your life and your rights as a human being.

Those kids from the state of Mississippi were only saying what their state leaders were telling them was OK to say. Unfortunately we won't be getting any apologies from the parents of Mississippi or Georgia, or Arizona because the "Golden Door" is closed.  

(Originally posted on The Daily Liberal, a blog by Wes Allen.)

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David Brown March 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
RL, at this point we'll just have to agree to disagree. That's preferable to going back and forth/post for post. This is one of those issues that whites and non-whites see differently. Enjoy the rest of your day:)
RL March 22, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Fair enough
Tammy Osier March 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
David, an Officer can get in trouble for not having a valid reason to pull someone over. I honestly don't think anyone is out to get anybody. Profiling is a part of their work, but even that has its limits. Seems to me it IS being treated fairly for laws to apply to all. I can't drive around with no insurance or ID and neither can you. If there is a lone wolf out there, we have procedures to make sure they don't stay employed long. I have worked with gangs, drug dealers etc... for far too long to ignore the fact that we have to deal with lawbreakers to keep all safe. Enforcing the laws helps to identify the ones who ARE a danger to society. We have to be able to identify people. If you were involved in a hit and run where a loved one was killed and there was no way to identify the perp, how would you feel then? Seems dangerous to me otherwise. I'm looking at it from the point of view concerning safety and law - not race. If that is a true issue then I agree that it needs to be looked into. I'm sorry that our situation is where people need to fear being looked at suspiciously. That's got to be tough. We do need immigration reform so that those who are honest and hard working can have the same opportunities that their forefathers did. Got to start there.
David Brown March 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Tammy, many of the points you've raised bother me. As I said to my friend RL, at this point we'll just have to agree to disagree. That's preferable to going back and forth/post for post. This is one of those issues that whites and non-whites see differently. Enjoy the rest of your day:)
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew March 23, 2012 at 06:27 PM
David - you have commented twice now that one's viewpoint on this issue depends on race. That's really NOT accurate, it depends on the view of legal vs. Illegal ACTIONS . You have no way of knowing the "color" of all readers / posters here, nor should we immediately focus on that aspect in every issue.

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