Just Say "No" To Immigrant Bashing
Roy Beck of Numbers USA recently published an article on his group's website on the murder of Marcello Lucero. What starts off as a piece against hate quickly turns into a piece explaining that Marcelo's death has nothing to do with his (anti-immigrant) movement while attacking those he calls "pro-illegal-immigrant" supporters. He also states quite coldly about Lucero's murder:
My guess is that these teenagers are opportunistic thugs who would have found somebody else to beat up if they hadn't had some animus toward Latin Americans.
Yes, and we can also state Lucero wouldn't be dead if he didn't look Mexican. Just like Luis Ramirez, of Shenandoah, wouldn't be dead if he'd wasn't in the Unites States without permission as was stated by the local anti-migrant group.
Beck's need to publish a piece like this is very telling given he could've either said nothing on the issue or just stated simply that it was a horrible act. Instead he tells those in his fold to watch their language, essentially admitting the power language holds, while then trying to explain that language is not really a culpable point of concern. It's apparently the pro-migrant that caused Lucero's murder.
Surprisingly, or not so much so, Beck lashes out against those who continue to work for peace by bringing this hate crime to light. He states of those he refers to as "pro-illegal-immigrant":
Their exploitation of this atrocity is distasteful and aggravating.
Well Mr. Beck it's not nearly as aggravating as being a minority in a country that holds fast to racism and seeing a large group which with great whit fosters a racist view without even having to name those they don't like. Nor is it quite as aggravating as having a friend or relative beaten simply for looking Mexican.
Who makes up this "pro-illegal-immigration" crowd is that Beck speaks of? Who is working to supporting a broken system which has people dying in detention and being treated as subhuman? Is their truly a group who is for illegal immigration? Or is Beck referring to those of us that believe in basic human rights? Is he referring to those of us who would like to immigration reforming allowing undocumented migrants to become citizens? How can we be pro-illegal if we're working to help those who are here without documentation?
To Beck, as he states, it's all about the numbers and not about the people themselves. However, when you look at the various groups that form the angry chain together you will easily find that one group doesn't have to mention race since another will do it for them. Whether you're talking about Numbers USA, FAIR, The Fire Coalition, or the myriad other national and local anti-migrant groups you'll find that language. You'll find the language that leads to hateful acts by those that Beck refers to as being "of less stable mind."
While he preaches the need to "be careful" with language he admits that behind the language (where the truth lies) is the sometimes chance that one will "make unguarded comments in the heat of frustration that reflect badly on all people of a certain ethnic origin." Of course they will and they do. From the buttons stating the White House will be black to the images of Calvin pissing on the Mexican flag and the shirts stating "save a horse ride a Mexican" it is certainly easy enough to find that hateful language.
What fuels this language more than a group like Numbers USA who make intolerance ok without even having to use the language? Consider that Numbers USA is essentially a backbone of "facts" by which many of these groups are propped up. Both FAIR and CIS provide the same structure for these groups and just like Numbers they're all backed and started by John Tanton. Beck states that
"of course, no legitimate member of our movement wishes physical harm on illegal aliens or immigrants."I beg to differ unless his movement is full of illegitimate members. Anyone with a few minutes and an internet connection can find a multitude of references to harming undocumented immigrants. And this type of rhetoric is nothing new for this country. That is precisely why it is important to bring these cases out into the light.
In Shenandoah, PA four teens were recently charged with the beating death of a Mexican immigrant. Even though there is evidence from multiple sources that racial slurs were being used during the beating it seems this crime might be swept under the rug as a lawyer works to have the case dismissed. Some locals, rather than admonish the crime, actually sought help from a local anti-migrant group who then held what they referred to as a "Pro-America" rally in the town. This group, and some from the town, blamed Ramirez's death on his being here as if living in the United States is a reason to be killed. Very much like Beck they called the crime a travesty and then took to speaking against undocumented migrants as if they are responsible when they're beaten to death.
Beck actually believes it is our fault for working to help undocumented migrants. If we'd only work to reduce immigration all the hate and murder would disappear. This is very much the tone we end with in Beck's article as he states:
Recently in Europe, we have seen what happens when those in power refuse to protect their citizens from out-of-control immigration. The backlash is often ugly and violent.
Thanks Mr. Beck for protecting those poor minorities from being beaten to death through your promotion of less immigration. We all know that if minorities would have never been allowed to migrate to our European conquered land we'd have had no hate crimes at all (well.....). Wouldn't that be wonderful?