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Hatred feeds Violence, Violence feeds Fear, Fear feeds Hatred

Posted in Life, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by urbannight

It is the circle of hate. 

Jason Todd Ready, a Neo-Nazi founder of an anti-immigrant border militia appears to have shot his girlfriend, her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend, her 15 month old granddaughter, and then himself.  He advocated the use of deadly force to stop illegal immigration (he was based inArizona).  It may or may not be of any note, but his girlfriend’s last name was Mederos. 

He blamed the violence in theU.S.on minorities and illegals, (Jewish, Blacks, and Mexicans, specifically). And then he does something like this. So where did the violence really come from?

It was already inside of him, already a part of him. People who advocate the use of violence to solve immigration problems are not a part of the solution. They are evidence of a greater problem in theU.S.The insidious nature of hatred that tells people that violence against the ‘other’ is okay and slowly leads to the thought of violence against anyone ‘not me’ is okay.

Ever since 9/11, hate levels in this country have been rising.  Inroads against ‘Hate’ that society had been making started to vanish.  Hatred of Muslims and Middle Easterners have continued to rise and increased hatred of Black Americans as well. 

Proof of this is the fact that so many Americans still insist on believing that Obama is a Muslim and that the government officials in the state ofHawaiiare lying to the rest of the country and that Obama’s birth certificate is a fake. 

Proof of increasing levels of hatred is found in the fact that so many people think that it is good and right to give up freedoms we fought a revolutionary war to get in order to be ‘safer’ from terrorists. 

To me it is just proof that we allowed the terrorists to win.  Killing bin Laden was not a victory since we already lost the most important part of the ‘war’.  Our very lifestyle was altered so that people living with a layer of fear over everyday life.  This layer of fear feeds the hatred.  The hatred feeds the violence.  The violence feeds the fear.  All in one downward spiral.  It is a Viscious Circle.

Hispanics Need Not Apply

Posted in Advertising, Economy, Life, Politics with tags , , , , , , on February 5, 2012 by urbannight

I sometimes wonder at the ethnic background of some of these seriously anti-Hispanic politicians.  I wonder if any of them have Irish or Italian ancestry.  Because the whole thing reminds me of the time when wanted ads said “Irish need not apply” at the bottom and signs in the windows proclaimed, “No Irish”.  The Italians went through this as well, but more people are familiar with the Irish phase of it.

In fact, this is where we get the stereotype of the Irish or Italian cop.  As people tended to cluster together in communities, and when faced with oppression, closed ranks together, the police had trouble functioning in Italian and Irish neighborhoods.  So they started hiring Italians and Irish people to police their own neighborhoods.

As these young men took this job opportunity, they were looks down on by other police officers and their own communities became suspicious of them, you develop the stereotype of the drunk Irish or Italian cop.  Not to say this happened to everyone.  But it was the birth of a cartoonish image that has lasted through the years.

But is it really so different now?  Telling the Hispanics to go home, we don’t want you here.  To me it is part and parcel with the same thing.  So anyone of Irish or Italian ancestry who is supporting the anti-Hispanic policies of some states needs to think about their own history and do they really want to support such a stance.

Farm Jobs, Migrant Work, an American Perception

Posted in Economics, Life, Politics, Work with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by urbannight

An article today is talking about employers who are advertising for migrant work on job boards and electronic sites but still not getting any, or getting very few, American born workers.

And when natural born Americans do take these jobs they start asking for time off or quit fairly quickly because the jobs are so much harder than they expected.

In fact, these are jobs that Americans are so adverse to that they would rather be unemployed than harvest crops that can’t be harvested with machines. 

The article also goes on to talk about employers who don’t realize that when they get on the correct lists to hire legal immigrant workers that they still have to advertise.  They think the program is doing the advertising for them.  It talks about things in the system that are broken.

I think it is a cultural mindset.  We (Americans) have come to view these jobs in a negative light and that the American dream of progress, having more than your parents, and providing more for your kids means moving away from these types of jobs. 

The American cultural view of this particular type of farm labor is that it is for uneducated people who can’t do anything else or for immigrants.  Even if we try to remove the idea of these being jobs for migrant workers, we are left with that older concept of harvest/planting jobs.  That this was a job for ‘once-upon-a-time”, the past, and not for modern people despite the fact that it still needs to be done.

We also have a cultural view of these as migrant jobs.  Partly because of immigrant labor but also because of the Depression and men traveling to find any work at all during a time when they could rent a bed for 50 cents and still be able to send money home or dust bowl families traveling to California and living in tent cities to plant or harvest because their own farms were no longer functional.

Most people are not willing to pack up and go out to these jobs.  They want work where they live.  Having to travel to another place for a job that is a little better than minimum wage and then having to pay for rooms you lose whatever money you are making.  The cost to rent a room with a bed is so much higher in relation to a 10$ an hour job than back in the 30’s .  You cover food and board and you don’t have money left to send back to your family.

You hear people say that ‘they’ would be willing to work those jobs in they couldn’t find anything else.  But it’s usually said by someone with a job, or by someone who then add, “if there were any around here”, or someone who then says they are still looking for that ‘anything else’ first and not ready to ‘give up’ and take a planting or harvesting job.

With these new hard-line immigrant policies and people who view the work as ‘giving up’ or are not willing to go to where the work is located the employers are going to have more trouble finding people to bring in the harvest.  If they have to pay more (which I suspect may not be enough incentive for many Americans to take this work) that will be passed on to us and we will have to pay a lot more for our fruits and veggies. 

When Cauliflower is already 3.5$ a head, I don’t want to see it going any higher.  I’ve already stopped eating fresh cauliflower and it is my favorite veggie.

My Thoughts on France’s Gypsy Expulsion Plan

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by urbannight

There is no Roma homeland.  There is no Roma country.  There is no place to deport the Roma. 

It is not like sending Mexicans back to their country of legal citizenship.  The Roma’s situation is similar to that of the Jews prior to the formation of Israel.  The Roma are people without a country. 

If you want to stop crime, arrest them for illegal camping, for the laws they break, or for being illegal immigrants.

But if you arrest them for being illegal immigrants then you better have a place to where you can legally deport them. 

If one nation deports them to another country in which they will still be illegal immigrants than the first nation is guilty of illegally transporting people into another country.