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Immigration and the Religion of Hate

I know quite a few people who simply cannot tolerate peace. Awash in malice, pining for conflict, reveling in animosity and celebrating the hollow, Pyrrhic victory of confrontation, they are in love with hate and are not happy unless they are mad about something. So they create drama at every turn.

I try to avoid these individuals however and whenever possible. But, when it transcends the individual and becomes part of our culture, malice is not so easily escaped.

In America, there are certain “hot-button” issues that bring out the worst in us. Chicago over the 4th of July weekend evidences the depth of our self loathing. Over a three-day period approximately 80 people were shot, at least 16 fatally. Our hatred towards others is exemplified by our reaction to the humanitarian crises on our southern border.

Immigration touches upon a number of volatile issues including race, policy, national sovereignty and of course, “Obama-phobia”. It thereby attracts all manner of bile.

A Sunday, July, 15, 2014, letter to editor of the Dallas Morning News entitled “Obama Wanted This”, illustrates the point. The letter opens with the following passage:

“Some of you may think I’m heartless with what I am about to say, but hear me out. All of the mess down on the border could have been avoided with President Obama sending the National Guard there to protect our borders. I believe this happened because he wants it to happen to get more minorities in this country who will vote for the Democrats who give away freebies.”

“Screaming protestors in Murrieta, California turned back a busload of South American mothers, babies, teens and “tweens” with American flags and signs that read “return to sender”. In Oracle, Arizona, protestors carried signs that said, “send em to Coyote Obama”. In Westminster, Maryland someone spray-painted on a wall, “no illegal’s (incorrectly spelled illeagies), here. No undocumented Democrats.”

To be sure, not all are hostile. Some champion the cause. There were for example, counter demonstrators in Oracle, Arizona, one of whom trumpeted a Mariachi version of the Star Spangled Banner. And Kathleen McQuillen, the Iowa Program Director of the Quaker based American Friends Service Committee questioned how the country could spend trillions on war and not have the pennies on those dollars to spend to take care of children. “It is a simple thing to begin to say, what’s important in this world?” Still, even some minorities and progressives view immigrants unkindly.

For the record, we are a country of immigrants and many of the immigrants in question are children fleeing sadistic gangs and cartels, created and sustained by American’s undying love of narcotics and a War on Drugs that is an absolute unmitigated failure. We have therefore afforded these vicious gangs/cartels with wealth beyond measure and a license to kill much like alcohol prohibition empowered Al Capone in the 1920’s. It was the Reagan Administration in the 1980’s that poured billions of dollars in support of brutal dictators, repressive regimes and drug dealing gangs like the Contras, into the very countries from which the current crop of immigrants hail.

But for the above, there would be no need for these immigrants to flee their countries in the first place. The journey is perilous. Many are raped, beaten, murdered and exploited by the Coyotes who shepherd them from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, across Mexico and to a country which boasts:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

We further note our tendency to lecture other countries as to how they should treat their immigrants, while showing little compassion for those who bear hell just to reach ours. The point however is not to take sides.

There are indeed legitimate concerns regarding our immigration policy as well as most other issues of the day. Perhaps we can no longer be so generous with our country, the inscription on the Statute of Liberty notwithstanding? Maybe these and other immigrants should be turned away at the border? America is not responsible for the sins of the world and we have our own people to care for. Chicagoans who are also saddled with violent drugs gangs, guns, a misguided domestic war and a host of other problems quickly comes to mind.

Nevertheless, it is the policy of hate to which we object. It is the malice attached to the issue of immigration that we decry. It is the fury the body politics expresses towards the immigrants, the sheer unadulterated wrath we offer those yearning to breathe free. It is the name calling, the degree of political vitriol we spit at those with whom we disagree. It is the belief that reasonable compromise is a sign of weakness and the scorched earth policy of those who are determination to destroy if they cannot prevail.

And beyond the policy of hate, it is the religion of hate we most fear. When hatred becomes a creed kindness, mercy and humanity are noticeably absent. Facts are irrelevant and what matters is not the truth, but my truth. There exists only the zealotry, the fanaticism, the intransigence, arrogance, self-righteousness and intolerance of those who believe that they and only they are right; that anyone who dares to disagree abdicates their very humanity and must therefore be chastised, delegitimized, ostracized, marginalized and if necessary dehumanized; heretics to be burned at the stake.

Like all religion beliefs, we wear this hatred on our souls and in our hearts. It is therefore little surprise that the most pious amongst us tend to be the most hateful amongst us.

In conclusion, we realize that politics ain’t bean bag and that unchecked immigration poses a real and substantial threat to the nation. Nonetheless, unbridled malevolence, no matter the reason, regardless the source is injurious to both man and country. Compassion benefits the giver thereof as much if not more than the receiver. Let us be forever reminded, all it takes to become a monster is to hate a monster.

Leo Barron Hicks, Founder and CEO
Blackacre Policy Forum
www.blackacrepolicyforum.org

4 Comments

  1. We should treat the Central American Emigration issue like Rat Control. There is a man I know who has a warehouse office that is a mess with rat dung. The office is cluttered beyond description. What a paradise for rats! Yet the man sets spring loaded traps to try and kill them. That is so unfair to the rats. First, cleanup all the rat dung, remove the unfathomable clutter, and sanitize the office. Then if the rats still for some reason find the office attractive and welcoming, only then put out the traps. And perhaps Hav-A-Heart traps instead of death traps. Trap and Release.
    If the U.S. would make entry into our country less attractive then the emmigrants would not flock here.
    Also, why not ANNEX Central America all together. Obviously those countries are not doing their international duty to secure their own borders and provide for their citizens. This is not like taking away land from the American Indians. We are talking failed governments in the case of Central America (Honduras, etc.)

    • I’m not sure I would liken the immigration issue to rat control, but I get the larger point.

  2. What an interesting dilemma we are in……

    On the one hand when did an illegal immigrant become legal? On the other hand couldn’t we afford to help? But then by helping everyone else out all the time don’t we preclude them from helping themselves?

    You mentioned prohibition and Al Capone,right? Americans don’t remember all the families that are still in political power due to Prohibition monetary gains (read Kennedy’s, etcetera)

    I live in a country where we have people who have been here all their lives and don’t speak English; I go to city’s was street signs are in other languages; the drivers test is offered in 8+ languages. No other country in the world has that.

    Now I’m not being territorial, and I understand that America itself is a great mixture, but there is an extremely large difference between a country with 40 million people in 420 million people. The infrastructure necessary to to maintain it is staggering. Of course it’s pretty much accepted that the CIA helped instilled most of the drug powers of the world for the last 50 years. But African mem are still the most often jailed for it. Nobody “made Black men sell drugs”….but the idea of a short cut to gains is hard to resist. It is a well-known fact all of the atrocities that came with those cartels. But I can watch Chinese throw rocks at tanks because that’s how bad they want change that the willing to die for. I can look around American history and the lives given for our freedoms. If you’re not willing to die for what you believe in and what are you standing up for.

    I am not a Democrat nor Republican, but there is a reason it’s called illegal immigration. If people do not overcome their own fear and self interest they will never make change. And if you are not willing to change your own circumstances why should we absorb your problem and basically take care of you. Change your home, don’t passively invade mine. That’s not selfish, America is not a welfare country.

    Like I said I’m probably wrong about it. I believe in weird things like all recipients of public assistance should be drug tested, any welfare type program has time limits, and if you can’t find a job I’ll find one for you while you are receiving public assistance. But none of that has to do with allowing illegal immigrants in the country for humanitarian reasons. The country of Haiti is right off our border, and we never accept immigrants from that country. By the way Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world with an average per capita income or less than $500 per adult. I guess Americans are still upset about the slave revolt there (Toussant L’ouverture) That immigration issue is not even televised. Asian immigrants or brought into the West Coast on frigates with children being sold in the industrial slavery and women going into the sex trade, but I see no televise bleeding heart.

    It seems to me that overall it’s still the same story:

    Distract the masses by engendering hate and division

    Polarize society on negligible issues so that no one will focus on the real issues

    Continue to divide along the color lines of dark versus light

    All this is done with the understanding that most people won’t take make any effort to find out the truth or their own history. And when they don’t get their way they will blame a political affiliation (read lighter versus darker).

    In the end ignorance is still a choice, and how can anyone make an informed decision while being ignorant

    • Man! There is so much in your comment it’s difficult to determine where to start. First, immigration is a difficult issue to resolve with legitimate concerns on all sides. Second you are right about people making their fortunes during prohibition, wealth and advantage which exist to this day. The same is true of many of the worst atrocities in our history.

      You are also correct about the CIA and the drug trade. Ironically enough, in the 1980 during the Reagan Administration, America poured billions of dollars into El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua (the same countries who a fueling the immigration crises of today), in support of brutal dictators and repressive regimes who slaughtered their own people, e.g., the death squads of El Salvador and the loss of 75,000 and the Nicaraguan Civil War where 50,000 died. More over, the Nicaraguan Contras (whom we supported), paid for the weapons we provided with money made from pushing dope which eventually found its way to the Bloods and Crips of South Central L. A.

      Finally, your comments about how we treat some immigrants, e.g., Cubans compared to how we mistreat others, that is Haitians or Mexicans is spot on. Thanks for a well reasoned and comprehensive reply to the post.

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