Former Anti-Migrant Activist Confesses

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O anger, you are the root of conflict; compassion never rises up in you. You take the corrupt, sinful beings in your power, and make them dance like monkeys -Sri Guru Granth Sahib

You don't need a hate barometer to understand that the anti-immigration movement is fraught with intolerance, hatred and in many cases racism. The anti-immigration activist puts themselves above all others in a sick narcissism veiled as patriotism. While patriotism can be a good thing it loses it's flavor when the idea or thing becomes more important than the suffering and needs of others.

This morning I opened up my feed reader to get started back into the SanctuarySphere posts only to find that Robb Pearson, a former anti-migrant activist from New Jersey, conducted an interview, or confession, with 9500Liberty. I figured this deserves its own post and what better way to start the new year then to have a former anti-'illegal' immigrant protester confess. The following comment from Robb is very telling of the mindset many possess in this movement.

When you get wrapped up in it [the anti-'illegal'-immigration movement] and you recognize that the statistics say that eighty percent of illegrant immigrant are from...are Latino or Hispanic what ends up happening, and it's not always conscious - what ends up happening, in your head, illegal immigrant we don't like them, most illegal immigrants are Hispanics, therefore we don't like Hispanics.

While this example shows a person who goes from pushing the "rule of law" to being racist Robb also states in the interview that some start off racist. While I don't believe all anti-migrant activists are necessarily racists I do believe their cause is a nasty brew of intolerance and hate.

In July 2007 Robb Pearson held an anti-immigrant rally titled and themed a Pro-America Rally. Today Robb is an activist for humanity after realizing that there is nothing inherently good within or about the anti-immigrant movement. Anti-BVBL has pointed us to two videos where Robb goes into why he became an anti-migrant activist, the mindset of the anti-migrant activist and why he decided to remove himself from that movement.

Confessions of a Former Anti-illegal immigrant activst: Robb Pearson Reflections Pt.1

Confessions of a Former Anti-illegal immigrant activst: Robb Pearson Reflections Pt.2

One interesting point Robb makes here is if anti-migrant activists are so into the 'rule of law' why aren't they spending time going after real criminals such as those that abuse children. I believe that the anti-migrant movement is based on a hatred of the 'other' and becomes so engrossing through audience and angry fellowship that removing them becomes an all encompassing goal while other societal ills more in need of attention are given less importance.

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Tina said:

Thanks, Kyle!

This is a good start to the new year. It's also very interesting that he explains how anti-immigrant activism fuels a feel-good self-centeredness, how it fueled his own ego. Of course the antis would take much offense to this, but I think there's a very important point there. It's very understandable, especially in times of economic hardship and fear, and very sad.

Dave Bennion said:

I am not so familiar with Pearson's background in the anti-migrant movement--certainly he contributed to a movement that has caused pain for many people. But I have to respect his ability to look at the direction he was going and change course. And then to come forward and talk about the process. That takes courage. Redemption is a powerful thing.

Also I see in these videos two big issues for us to think about and grapple with:

1. Rule of law: Restrictionists know they are on their strongest ground when they talk about this. I like to talk about the history of racist immigration laws propelled forward by nativism and the importance of changing unjust laws, just as MLK did in the civil rights movement. But I feel there are ways for us to sharpen our arguments on this point that we might have overlooked so far.

2. Passion: Pearson says at one point he considers himself to be a "person of conscience." He changed his views on this issue, but fundamentally he is the same person now that he was two years ago. Of course there are some unreasonable restrictionists. But many of them are passionate about their cause because they believe they are on the right side of an important moral issue. Many feel this way because they are taught to do so by parents, church leaders, school teachers, politicians, and pundits. In the "nationalism/patriotism" frame that so bewitches our country and others, protecting group solidarity is a natural response. I think we will get further by respecting the passion that many people feel on this issue and challenging the frame that leads to that feeling of moral certainty on the other side.

Nancyf said:

This guy is FULL of it. Why should I believe he ever thought he knew any of particulars of this issue??? He's obviously working for the invaders. Give it up. Ain't gonna work. We know it ALL.

The illegals started treating me shitty before I EVER took a long serious look at them. Then they waved their mexicon flag in my face even though they know it's a sign of disrespect. I don't respect ANYONE who doesn't respect me and that includes ANY race including my OWN!
Why doesn't this guy go LIVE in mexico if he's so much in love with them. Why don't u tell us who is paying him for this propaganda?
If he were a person of conscience, he wouldn't be trying to throw up all this smoke and mirrors. The facts prove him wrong.
Let the ahole come down here and live among the barstards. Is he sleeping with a latina?

"We call things racism just to get attention. We reduce complicated problems to racism, not because it is racism, but because it works."

--- Alfredo Gutierrez, political consultant, as quoted by Richard de Uriarte, The Phoenix Gazette, March 14, 1992 (quoted in The ProEnglish Advocate, 1st quarter, 2002).

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