Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Got Cash? Money can't buy me love but it's what you'll need to get a Green Card and become a U.S. citizen. Details below.

John Lennon's Green Card. Image is from here
Then President Richard Nixon didn't want John Lennon to be a permanent resident of the U.S. He wanted him out of the country. Nixon and his government thugs worked very hard to get him out because they feared John could be a leader of radical revolutionary movements to end corrupt and horrendously murderous military actions in Southeast Asia being defended and promoted by Nixon. They lost, but it took a long, expensive battle for John to be able to live here, until he was assassinated by a white man who was free to travel from Hawai'i to New York, no problem.

Money speaks. It is fluent in many languages.
Money keeps people from being homeless.
Money keeps people from being poor.
Money purchases food, water, and health care.
Money keeps people from being exploited and assaulted in various ways.

If you're poor, where you can go, what you can do, where you can visit, vacation, take holiday, is all very limited. I remember reading a book by a Black Caribbean woman (I can't find the book. It was either by Michelle Cliff or Jamaica Kincaid. It may be a written piece recited by Ms. Kincaid in the must-see movie, Life and Debt. It may be in Ms. Cliff's book, Abeng.) But the writing described, quite emotionally and effectively, the experience of a woman, a woman who was poor, Black, and Caribbean, who was watching white tourists get off a cruise ship, not feeling resentment so much as a longing to be able to travel on a cruise ship some day. (If anyone knows the work, please email me or submit it as a comment to this blog post.)

One privilege, or form of institutionalised, regionalised power is the ability to move about. From place to place. To move from one region to another. To leave one's own country or return to it. Ableism isn't only an issue of getting from home to car to office building. Or from building to street. It may be a matter of getting off the street, after years of living on it. Or a matter of getting safely away from a child molester, batterer, or serial rapist who gave you his last name. Or out of a country that has targeted you and your people to be harassed and murdered.

As you glance over the privileges or entitlements offered below, ask yourself: Which people in the U.S., or anywhere else in the world, have them? Black people? Brown people? Muslim people? Indigenous people? Asian people--particularly Central Asian people? Women across ethnicity? Children? Trafficked and enslaved people? Poor people? Working class people?

What follows is from here:

I. Benefits of the Green Card: EB-5
A.   You have unlimited right to live anywhere in the U.S.

B.   You do not require an employment authorization to accept employment

C.   You can develop and run your own business

D.   You do not need a family member or employer to sponsor you

E.   You can sponsor Green Cards for your relatives

F.   You can become a U.S. citizen once you have been a permanent resident for more than five years

II. Requirements for the Green Card: EB-5
You may be eligible for Green Card through investment by having invested or be in the process of investing the required amount of money in a new commercial enterprise in the U.S. The investment must benefit the U.S. economy and create the requisite number of full-time jobs for qualified persons within the U.S.

A.    Creating a New Commercial Enterprise
You may create a new commercial enterprise by:
1.  Creating an original business

2.  Purchasing an existing business and simultaneously or subsequently restructuring or reorganizing the business such that a new commercial enterprise results

3.  Expanding an existing business by 140 per cent of the pre-investment number of jobs or net worth, or retaining all existing jobs in a troubled business that has lost 20 per cent of its net worth over the past 12 to 24 months

B.   Investing in a New Commercial Enterprise
You must have invested or be actively in the process of investing at least $1,000,000 in the new commercial enterprise, unless the investment is to be made in a targeted employment area, in which case the investment must be at least $500,000

C.    Benefit the U.S. Economy and Create Jobs
Your engagement in a new commercial enterprise must benefit the U.S. economy and:
1.  Create full-time employment for not fewer than ten qualified individuals, or

2.  Maintain the number of existing employees at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least two years, where the capital investment is being made in a "troubled business," which is a business that has been in existence for at least two years and that has lost 20 per cent of its net worth over the past 12 to 24 months

What does "Hispanic" mean from an American Indigenous perspective?

image is from here
There is a discussion of Indigenism here, but to me it is too located in an understanding of Indigenism as part of a larger non-Indigenous spiritual movement. Correctly or not, I prefer to see Indigenism as its own phenomenon, defined on its own terms, not measured against anglo-, euro-, or white-centric concepts and politics: 

Race, ethnicity, culture, nation, country, regional affiliation, affiliations by language and ancestry, all factor into how people identify themselves, with the exception of some whites, who have this whole purity complex going on that often results in grim and gruesome atrocities like slavery, ghettoisation, and genocide.

In the U.S. the term "Hispanic" has many meanings and is considered respectful and disrespectful, depending on who you speak with. Depending on who you are. Depending on your privileges, raced power, and history of exclusion or destruction by Anglo-, European-, and/or white-identified people.

What seems obvious, is  that white-identified people will do their best to fuck over everyone else to promote a rather sick and predatory idea of their own supremacy. Currently, this is a distinctly Western European and North American phenomenon--with variations in the UK and Australia. A friend in Spain who identifies as Hispanic, who is of Eastern European, Dominican, and Puerto Rican heritage, has been informing me of how very different 'race' issues are in Spain compared to the U.S. I remember hearing from someone in Greece who also informed me he wasn't "white". (He was not Indigenous, Asian, Brown, or Black.) At the time, I found this to be a kind of privilege-denial typical of whites. But I'm increasingly realising that the race system we have here in the U.S. not only doesn't apply to other parts of the world, but it isn't appropriate to overlay our race-terms on people in other regions.

To give one example of how problematic it becomes to apply U.S. terms to the world, here in the U.S. "Black" is generally synonymous with "being of sub-Saharan African descent". But in Australia, "Black" may refer to the Indigenous or First People of Australia. And, needless to say, the Indigenous people of Australia are not from Africa.

"Brown" is a term that is increasingly used here by me to refer to people of many ethnicities, ancestries, nations, and regions. At this point, "Black and Brown", to me, refers to most everyone on Earth. It refers to the people who are the majority population. It is inclusive of people of African, Asian, and Indigenous Nations or continents. The first people of the Americas, for example, are brown people. They are not, in terms of hue of skin, "red". The term "red" is controversial, for good reason. "Redskins" in particular, is a term which physically disgusts me. I find it disgusting and repugnant that U.S. sports teams and the U.S. media still exploit this term and invisibilise past and current genocide by doing so. From Wikipedia, on "Redskin":

Historic use

The term was a myth used throughout the English-speaking world (and in equivalent transliterations in Europe) throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as a common term of reference for indigenous Americans. The term was once in common use, as evidenced in Western movies, but is now largely considered a pejorative and is seldom used publicly (aside from the football team - see below). As with any term perceived to be discriminatory, different individuals may hold differing opinions of the term's appropriateness.
The terms "Red People" and "Red Skinned" have also been used to refer to the people of the Indian sub-continent (Wells).

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the term "redskin" came from the reddish skin color of some Native Americans, as in the terms red Indian and red man, and the OED cites instances of its usage in English dating back to the 17th century (and cites a use of red in reference to skin color from 1587). Multiple theories fight for prominence as to the true historical origin of the word 'redskin.' One theory, mentioned above, is that the term was meant as merely a physical indicator, similar to the words "white" and "black" for Caucasians and Africans, respectively. Another theory holds that it was first used by Native Americans during the 1800s as a way of distinguishing themselves from the ever-growing white population. An often mentioned third but not proven origin involves the bloody skins (red-skins) of Native people as "prizes," in which they would be scalped after battle and their skins bought and sold in local towns. To date there is no historical documentation or evidence to support this theory.
Many Indigenous people in the U.S. do identify positively and meaningfully with the term "Red". See, for example, this book by Vine Deloria Jr., God is Red: A Native View of Religion. I support any people who are struggling to survive white oppression and racist oppression, naming themselves/ourselves, and controlling and promoting their own programs and agendas for liberation.

White supremacy is not the only form of race supremacy in the world, but I'd argue it is the most globalised and genocidal. While in other regions of the world there are racist ideologies not organised around a notion of whiteness, it appears to me to be the case that nowhere in the world are white people facing genocide or endangered collectively due to racism. (Unless, perhaps by white racism and white supremacist genocidal practices which may kill everyone on Earth.)

"Whiteness", to me, is unequivocally and undeniably the most vicious 'race'. Manufactured and consolidated by Western European men, it was formed and promoted as some kind of ethnic/blood Truth. It is a racial identity that comes with an obsession with "purity". I am also finding that among white activists, there is a kind of enforcement or collective anxiety about political purity. Always problematic for us whites, this matter of impurity. And we'll go on and on mass murdering Black and Brown people who are not willing to become "white" or "european-identified" in one way or another. And even when they do, we want them dead, or working for us, or we want what exists inside the parcels of earth that is their homeland.

I really like this video. On YouTube it is titled:

Do American Indians Look "Hispanic" or Do "Hispanics" Look American Indian?