Dehumanizing Immigrants Sets Stage for Future Crimes Against US

This month cable news channels blasted Americans with pano shots of a Latin American “migrant caravan”, a.k.a. a group of human beings travelling to seek asylum in the US.

This story has stirred something very vile in many American hearts. For example, take a look at all the Trump supporters supporting Tijuanan anti-immigrant protests in the comments below this Vice News video:

Fake News Justifies Violence

Every time I see a Rightist campaigner saying “immigrants are bad. I want to punch them / shoot them / hurt them,”  or even just something comparably mild-mannered like  “they deserve to die by drowning or exposure”, I get  a sickening feeling that the West has moved the moral baseline towards “exterminating humans is okay”.

I have seen  violence against immigrants proposed as if it were “self defense” for people who feel threatened by immigrants living in the same country (oooo! scary), bearing national steriotypes like “violence” or “laziness,” daring to show their faces in public with naturally dark skin leading to “altering the cultural heritage of our country” (For you people, here’s a new word for you: Globalization. Say it with me.).

In a growing trend, immigrants are assigned completely made-up threatening qualities, for example: “Mexicans are criminals and rapists” (Donald Trump), or immigrants are swarming like insects (David Cameron). This falls in line with a favourite tactic of general nutjob of the first order,  Alex Jones, who believes elites are illuminati. See, no facts required.

Human Rights: Y/N?

Every politics geek has heard of the “Overton window”. “The Overton window, also known as the window of discourse, describes the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse. ”

In normalizing dehumanizing words and actions against immigrants, Republicans choose to destroy the hard-won acceptance of universal egalitarianism and human rights –  the only positive innovations of American democracy.

What have immigrants done to treat them as unhuman? Did Republicans (and others) have to call them bad people to properly enforce their own border laws? No, they didn’t

Why not discuss better and more humane laws? Some would even say it’s the US’s moral obligation, when US companies set up banana plantations and profit from Latin American misery every year?

If Rightists merely don’t want immigrants to come into the country, they can do this without stripping immigrants of their humanity, and while dealing with those at all stages in our immigration system in a humane way.  The way you should treat a stranger, a guest, an emmissary or a person who has just lost everything.

To treat them in such a reckless and hateful way is so unnecessary and harmful to society’s most fundamental values.

Our Future

Rightists know that dehumanizing immigrants is sowing future evil, that’s why anti-immigrant protesters wear shades in interviews.

They realize that someday, maybe even very soon, with inexorably lowering quantities of natural resources to share among a growing global population of humans,  it could easily be in the global elite, or a government’s, or even a corporation’s interest to have fewer of us.

Won’t it be so convenient for the ruling power,  not to need a reason to exterminate us, except for a threat they have made up?

On that day, the days we Westerners called our fellow humans “cockroaches”, justified excessive force, or allowed harm to come them in dire straits, will come back to haunt us.

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Thanks White Feminism… no, really, THANK YOU!

For all you male people attacking #whitefeminism in the midst of almost wholly male-led reactionary rightist movement (except for a single female in a minor cabinet role), created in the #Altright media with Donald Trump as a figurehead, which just happened to occur at the same time as Hillary Clinton’s failed bid for the office of President….

I wonder what your chances of being injured by your partner are?

http://www.lwa.org.uk/understanding-abuse/statistics.htm

I wonder how high your statistical chance is of being an only parent is?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_parent

I wonder how high your statistical chance of dying in poverty is?

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/chapter8/chapter8.html

I wonder how many times you put up with unwanted advances from a female while a work because your boss was also female?

I am glad all of those statistics are not worse than they are (for women of many ethnicities) – and here in the West that is thanks to people like Gloria Steinem, Emmeline Pankhurst and Emma Goldman –  women who fought for equal rights and had a vision of radical equality in their time. Thank goodness they did so so I can carry on the flag and am not a dependent sexual slave, beaten and knocked up perpetually! While many women  continue to be domestically abused, poor and work for mainly men it is not legal for them to simply kill us outright (in the US) anymore! Horray. With a woman at the helm of the world’s most powerful country for the first time ever, was there a chance those murder rates and poverty rates would go down even further? I like to think so.

Many of the best known early feminists in the West happened to be “white”,  and I sincerely hope other “white” women will not abandon the life-affirming and just cause of equal rights for the sexes, just because of their natural skin pigmentation. Moreover, I hope they can encourage and join in solidarity with women who do not have the same skin pigmentation.

Maybe if you anti-feminists on the left stop misdirecting your anger at fellow activists, and swallowing the propaganda Kool-aid  that kept everyone during the election from focussing on BORING OLD LEGISLATION, you can actually stop the legislated destruction of democracy by the right rather than getting more likes for trendily braying in the rightist echo chamber of anti-activism.