From Bur-qua bans in France to racism disguised under the veil of “political debates,” to right wing extremists killing liberals at a youth camp and teenagers blaming immigrants for causing riots and looting, the world is a political vote away from becoming extreme Right.
In Norway a mad man’s desire to stop the alleged Islamization of Europe results in a killing spree. Anders Behring Breivik of Norway murdered seventy-six people in the name of his war against “Islamization” and “multiculturalism,”on 22 July 2011.
Breivik descibed the killings as being “necessary.”
We watch in shock as rioters take to the streets in major English cities. Police have arrested more than 1,200 people involved in the riots and looting of early August. A rioter tries to rationalize his behavior to a reporter by saying, “Immigrants are taking our jobs from us.” A summer marred by political stonewalling, violence, murder and anti-immigrant sentiment.
A black president is stonewalled in a debate to raise the taxes on the rich whites in America, other cabinet members use racial slurs such as “tar baby” to describe the president. Unprecedented racism at a president who is trying to level the playing field for rich and poor alike.
The world is shrinking around us geographically, and I do not refer to global warming. Borders are imaginary lines devised by countries to keep track of who comes and goes. So long as mankind can walk and as air travel becomes more accessible to even the poorest nations, borders become insignificant. Recessions, religious oppression and famines increase the desire to cross borders, legally and illegally.
People will go in search of work; nothing will stop them, unless it comes in the form of a bullet at the Mexican-American border or drowning as they try to swim to the shores of Europe from the north African coast. Desperate people do desperate things. They will risk life and limb to find a better life somewhere else, some of them will die but it is a risk they are willing to make.
I am an immigrant, white and speak with an Irish accent. I came to America in 1992 and worked as a clerk at a dry-cleaners. According to my aunt, “No American girl would do that job, work with those people,” at least not in the all-white town that I worked and lived in. “Those people,” were black, Chinese, Korean, Haitian, Mexican and poor whites. We did the work that was beneath the rich white folks.
The town was the original inspiration for the antisemitism of Gentleman’s Agreement and the white, beautiful, blond wives of The Stepford Wives. The town is infamous for its WASPish sentiments. (White Anglo Saxon Protestant)
Almost every day the police called the dry cleaners to confirm that Jaques and Ralph, both Haitian, were telling the truth as they stood waiting for their train. “Yes officer they do work here at the cleaners.” Sandy and Mary, both black women, had police cars follow them to work at least once a month, making sure that they were not “loitering” in a white town.
Myself and the other workers in the dry cleaners were subservient to the natives. We worked in an undesirable job and were foreigners. We did the job in sweltering 90 degree heat, sweat and steam building up from all of us working our tails off in sweat shop conditions. The locals didn’t want to do it, but we did. It was a job, it was money and it was more than Ireland could do for me at the time. I did not feel that I was taking a job away from any local, I was doing a job that no local wanted to do.
Recession in Ireland drove me abroad to find work. I had more in common with the Haitians, Mexicans, Koreans and Chinese than I did with the white folks. I was an immigrant. I was part of a group that are now being blamed for taking the jobs away from locals, if you are to believe the Right Wing politicians. The reason you have it so hard is because of all the immigrants, or so they would have you believe. That is not the case.
The ingredients for right wing control in politics are; a recession, a group to blame our hard lot in life on (the immigrant group) and low public morale. The morale has to be so low that the public will believe that their “lot in life” is due to the immigrants taking their jobs. Are they really taking the jobs away from nationals? Why are employers giving jobs to immigrants instead of nationals?
If we are told to “Buy American” or “Buy English” or “Buy Irish” in order to promote homegrown industry, why are we not employing homegrown nationals? I know currently that Chinese exchange students work for pittance in the service industry so as to enable them to put American work experience on their resumes. Are the Chinese exchange students taking jobs away from locals who can do the jobs too? Who gains from having lower paid employees doing work? The employers.The immigrants are not taking the jobs away the employers are giving the jobs away because of cheaper labor.
Outsourcing is a very fine example of this. If you are calling to inquire about computer sales or service or maintenance and you hear a beautiful Indian accent on the other end of the line, that person is in India, getting paid less than minimum wage in the US to take your call and answer your questions. Who really wins at the end of the day? The person in America who has priced themselves out of a job, the person in India getting underpaid or the employer who reaps the financial benefits?
Shouldn’t there be a law that demands equal pay for an equal day’s work? The only ones who gain from internships and student exchange programs are the employers. If locals over price themselves out of work, then they should rethink their worth during a recession. If locals believe that a job is “beneath” them, readjust your thinking and be happy that you have a job when someone else is unable to find one.
Immigrants will always be a part of living on planet earth. People migrate, it is in our blood. There will always be immigrants, that part is not going to change. New laws and a reassessment of what student exchanges and hiring cheap labor does to a community needs to change. Immigrants need to respect their new homelands and not take advantage of welfare systems. Natives need to readjust their thinking. No job is beneath you; it is a pay check. That paycheck will put food on the table and keep a roof over your head. Immigrants and natives need to be an asset to their country not a burden.
The right wing extremists would have you believe that someone else caused your hardship, in actuality a myriad of reasons caused a global recession, and the right wing extremists are a huge part of the problem. They frighten people into believing that they are going to be over run by someone so culturally different that they won’t recognize their own country any more. They have a lot to lose if you don’t believe the bile and hatred they spew against people of different race, religions and cultures.
The right wing extremists know that if you don’t fall for their blame game politics, they’ll lose your vote. That’s a lot to lose and that’s all that they are interested in.
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