Immigration and Racism

I was having a discussion online (I know, always a bad idea).  The discussion centered on this article. One person made the comment, “ignorant people. They’re hard workers and u all have no idea how tough it is in other counties educate yourself before making racist comments. Trust me if they could become legal that easily they would.”

I immediately had two thoughts about this comment.  The first thought is this: What is it that makes people think that if there’s something good out there, and you can’t get it legally, it’s acceptable to simply take it?   Because that’s what illegal immigrants are doing. Is it wrong to want to be a citizen of the United States?  No.  Is it wrong to STEAL citizenship?  Absolutely.

The second thought is this:  If you accuse someone of racism, and they aren’t being racist, what does that make you?  Seriously, though.  If you are Hispanic, and you look at a white guy and assume that his reaction to something is based on racism BECAUSE HE’S WHITE, that makes you a racist.  Plain and simple.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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One Response to Immigration and Racism

  1. nofluer says:

    Paragraph #1 & 2 – In our nation’s immigration quota system it is nearly impossible for a citizen of another country to legally obtain permission to immigrate to the US – UNLESS they are in one of the “diversity” nations, they will have to apply and wait a LOOOOONG time before they are even considered if they ever are. (See quota charts – http://www.immigralaw.com/english/quotavisa.shtml#imm See diversity visa charts – http://www.immigralaw.com/english/dvcharts.shtml )

    So yes – the person who said “if they could become legal that easily they would.” is correct.

    Para #3 – “and assume that his reaction to something is based on racism BECAUSE HE’S WHITE, that makes you a racist”

    Not necessarily. If your experience with “white people” includes the same issue with a number of them, and they all respond the same, they it would be reasonable to assume that most or any “white” person would be likely to respond the same. In such a case, your assumption would be based on experience with people with similar characteristics – not just because they are a certain race. ie your expectations of their response would not be BASED on their color, but on your EXPERIENCE with people who are that color. If you had no experience with “white people” on that issue, and expected them to respond in a certain way – THAT would be racist.

    Anyone of any racial makeup can be racist. Just for fun, Google “the most racist people in the world” and see what you get. A long time ago, I saw a study that indicated that the Japanese filled that spot because they were so racist, if one of their people even lived in another country for a time they were discriminated against when they returned home. But things change and that may not be true today. But one of the Google responses said that racism cannot be charged to ANY group or nationality or skin color because racism is an INDIVIDUAL situation, and I agree with that.

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