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So as if it's not enough for whites to discriminate, abuse, exploit, and stigmatise Latina/os, and Chicana/os specifically as "illegal immigrants" and "undocumented workers" and terms far more vile than those. As if it's not enough that whites are in this country illegally and always have been aliens here. As if it's not enough that white het male supremacy has never not been the ruling ideology in the United Rapes of Amerikkka. Anti-Chicana/o racism just got even more legal. See *here* and below.
Given how this social-political-economic system works, that also means anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry and anti-Semitism got a boost, as well as anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism, and anti-Indigenous racism. Keep in mind that many Mexican Americans, and Mexicans who were annexed out of this illegal country of white alien savage thugs, are Indigenous too. And we have Kansas-based anti-lesbian and gay efforts, and the pimping of a fourteen year old girl in a strip club in Michigan. These are all parts of an ugly white het man-whole.
See this, a cross post from The Feminist Texican blog. Click on the title just below to link back.
23 April, 2010On Friday afternoon, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the controversial SB 1070 into law. It is currently the harshest anti-immigration law in the country. The law makes it a crime to be in the country illegally, and gives police the power to question people about their immigration status.
Though Brewer does her damnedest to deny it, the bill opens the door wide open for the racial profiling of Latin@s, who comprise 30% of the state’s population. Tellingly, the LA Times notes:
[A] recent poll showed that 70% of state voters supported the measure — even though 53% said it could lead to civil rights violations. [emphasis added]Brewer included this little gem in her explanation for signing the bill:
There is no higher priority than protecting the citizens of Arizona. We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings and violence compromise our quality of life.How lovely to see the undocumented immigrant population conflated with drug cartels and violence. Where have I heard that before?
In a country where “illegal” is a noun that’s synonymous with “Mexican” (Mexican drug cartels, Mexican border violence, border wall along Mexico, brown people swimming across the river from Mexico, etc.), I find it hard to believe that racial profiling rates against Latin@s aren’t going to rise. I seriously doubt police are going to start asking white people for their papers at even a fraction of the rate they question brown people.
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The bolstering of WHM supremacy must delight a disproportionate number of Tea Partiers. And if the T.P.s want to claim "foul" for being lumped in with the KKK and gay-bashers and het men who go to strip clubs to watch 14 year old girls, then let's see 'em organise against misogynist pimps and racist patriarchs. "Oops", they will say, "that's not on our agenda". No, it isn't: they're too fucking busy protecting their WHM entitlements and power.