Monday, March 19, 2007

Sick and tired of immigrant bashing

I don't know about you, but my bilirrubina gets sky high every time I see the same TV news clips showing people jumping over border fences over and over again. (I swear I've seen that guy in the red shirt jump over about 150 times.) The current anti-immigrant paranoia affects all Latinos -- even if you are an American citizen who's been here forever. But the nativist rantings of so many is nothing new in American history. At one point or another, almost every immigrant group, from Germans and Irish to Chinese and Japanese, have suffered the slings and arrows of bigots and ignoramuses. Check out Same Old Song, a fascinating article on nativism by Daniel Tichenor in The Nation magazine.

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