Why do some Americans contend that those who protest President Obama's amnesty program
regarding the iinflux of illegals coming to America are racists when the issue isn't so much as race but is primarily socioeconomical?
Because to many the "race card" is the most poweful card in the deck. To save having to justify their own beliefs they just play the "race" card immediately. Once you are accused of being a racist or a bigot, anything else you say is deemed worthless.
I often wonder what Mexico would do if thousands of Americans were entering their country illegally? Would there be protest against the "gringos?" Probably not because that would be racist and we all know that is a one way street.
Intelligent answer. It seems these days that anything that goes against THE POWERS THAT BE and "ISN'T POLITICALLY 'MORAL'" is deemed to be racist. Haven't people considered the eventual socioeconomic co$t$ of the amnesty program on America?
Old Poolman, You're a fine fellow. Do you find it acceptable to call them something like "human parasites" (among other things)? Is it playing the 'race card' to call someone out for saying such things?
Junkseller is correct that there are some very fine people in with these illegals. My anger is with our own government for not doing their job and forcing this to happen. Many coming in illegally have bad information about what will happen to them.
It isn't an issue of people being concerned about immigration, it is in how you go about it. Being concerned about immigration is very different from calling them human parasites and shouting at them to go home. Anyone with even a single functioning brain cell can recognize that distinction.
You CHOOSE to dehumanize people and say disgusting things about them. That's fine, I guess, if you don't mind conducting yourself in that fashion, but at least own up to it rather than pretending that you are just being objective.
I believe when someone argues with “cold hard facts,” the race card is the only thing left for people to use. The term “raciest” is nothing more than a worn out defense for having crossed our borders illegally.
Deliberate violation of a country’s immigration law makes you a CRIMINAL and one needs to be handled as such, not welcomed with open arms and allowed to take advantage of our welfare and tax systems. Has anyone ever studied Mexico’s Immigration Laws; they are brutal and so is the treatment in their jails!
Because calling someone a racist is a tool used to distract from the discussion. If I point at you in a crowd and scream racist, sexist or any other term loud enough...there are enough people who will follow the masses like sheep and simply believe it. They won't listen to your argument on the merits anymore. And why would the race hustlers stop doing this when it's quite effective as a political strategy ???
And unfortunately there is an extreme double standard in American culture. Take the recent incident with the NBA owner Donald Sterling. I am not going to defend his opinion. But he is entitled to have it, and was not trying to make it public. He is now a man blacklisted by the NBA for expressing his views in a private conversation. He is now demonized and hated as a racist, and engulfed in a lawsuit forcing him to sell his team. Yet the same NBA employs Spike Lee on NBA radio...who has made more than his share of racist statements...quite publicly...and very recently before Mr. Sterling's comments.
Racism is a portrayed as a one way street, even though it isn't...and is quite an effective political tool. When all else fails accuse someone of an "ism" of some sort. Eric Holder recently suggested that part of the opposition to President Obama was race driven. Yet, he was elected by predominately white voters twice. Now if I point out that more than 95% of Blacks voted for Obama..does that imply they are racists for disagreeing with Romney in the last election and voting against a white candidate in such disproportionate numbers. Even if I came to that conclusion...nobody really cares. It doesn't quite sell very well does it.
Has anybody noticed that the majority of the border patrol agents are themselves Hispanic. Yet they and their union have been very vocal about this problem. Are they self hating bigots ???
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