kyledeb: July 2008 Archives
It turns out that after I wrote my post documenting the racism of the San Diego Minutemen, an even more heinous case of racism emerged. It was caught by Naui Huitzilopochtli (YouTube user nauiocelotl). Naui was a little bit hostile with the Minutemen. But coupling his footage with mine really builds a solid case for the hypocrisy of the San Diego Minutemen. It seems the hypocrisy of them holding up signs accusing others of racism at the same time they spewed hateful terms like "wetback" and "beaner" was lost on them.
Without further ado, here's the video. Please Digg it, give it a thumbs up on StumbleUpon, and uprate it on Reddit:
The BBC is reporting that for the first time, the Guatemalan government has "irrefutable evidence that a stolen child was put up for adoption." The story is an unbelievably sad one.
You know something is wrong when a child makes more sense than the leaders of the world.
If the internets sound a little quiet to you today, it's probably because a lot of people are at Netroots Nation. Man Eegee from Latino Politico seems to be doing the best job at providing information relative to the sanctuarysphere. He live blogged both the Immigration Panel and the Latino Panel. It looks like you put a lot of work into it Manny. Thank you. Definitely go check them out for a summary of what looks like a good discussion.
The Democrats have put out a video documenting the flip-flop(sombrero tip to Todd at MyDD who has been covering this with me):
There are a lot less people here to see McCain in San Diego, today. Janet Murguia, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), just introduced John McCain in a heap of praise over how John McCain has always kept the door open to NCLR. If NCLR is so important to John McCain, then how come he doesn't list this speech in the Upcoming Events section of his website? It lists the Coronado Campaign headquarters Grand Opening across the bay from here, but not the NCLR speech.
McCain's now mentioning his roll in trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform. He's refuting Obama's complaint that McCain turned his back on comprehensive immigration reform. He's tauting his efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the past, saying that Obama tried to pass and vote for ammendments meant to kill comprehensive immigration reform. McCain says he means it when he says he wants to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and that with all due respect, he's earned that trust. Awkward smiles all around.
It's hard to believe how far we've gotten since then.
Note: Link back to The Sanctuary for this post.
I'm here in San Diego where Barack Obama just spoke at the annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference. NCLR flew out me here and provided with me accommodations at the luxurious San Diego Marriot Hotel & Marina. I was given the opportunity after I helped publicize NCLR's latest We Can Stop the Hate video using Digg and StumbleUpon, among other new media tools. I didn't do it to advance myself in an particular way. I just thought the video provided the most succinct description of the link between leading "anti-illegal immigration" groups and white supremacy. I wanted as many people to see it as possible.
In fact, when NCLR invited me here, I did everything I could to get them to bring one of my blogmig@s along with me, or in my stead. I identify as white and there should be a latin@ blogger here covering this conference. I hear Todd Beeton of MyDD, and Lucas O'Connor of Calitics are here liveblogging Obama's speech, as well. They probably weren't hand picked by NCLR like I was, but if you don't see a problem with three white male bloggers covering a National Council of La Raza conference, I'll leave that for a post that I'll write when all of this is done. For now, we'll get back to Obama's appearance here.
The Boston Globe did a good piece on the Welcoming Massachusetts campaign, today. My favorite part of the article is the picture that went with it, taken by Globe photographer David I. Ryan:
The article also got some good messages out there.
Mark and Barbara Myers will not be together for their 25th wedding anniversary. Barbara may, in fact, be barred from the United States for five years, and the resulting economic hardship might result in the loss of their home. Watch the video, if you get the chance.
But it was a link from the blog of Samaha, that I'm most proud of. She describes the mission of her blog as such:
Some Mexicans say they favor McCain, but a zeal for Obama, as a minority, is an undertone across Latin America. "Obama will change everything if he is elected... there will be true immigration reform and not a band-aid because he has African heritage and understands the plight of immigrants," says Marco Polo Herrera, a student in Mexico City. "McCain will be more of the same."I am still doubtful over whether or not Obama is the best candidate for those concerned with the migrant plight, but it's interesting to know that there are those in Mexico who feel that way.Christian Science Monitor - Sara Miller Llana (3 July 2008)
I myself have always believe that the only solution to this problem is to give opportunities to migrants in the countries that they are coming from. I believe the only solution is to move towards a world where people migrate out of want, and not out of need.
"I think Obama would be a disaster, and there's a lot of reasons," said [Leroy] Pollard, explaining the rumors he had heard about the candidate from friends he goes camping with. "I understand he's from Africa, and that the first thing he's going to do if he gets into office is bring his family over here, illegally. He's got that racist [pastor] who practically raised him, and then there's the Muslim thing. He's just not presidential material, if you ask me."Welcome to the Intolerant States of America. Liberal elitists will read the words of Leroy Pollard, a resident of Flag City, U.S.A., and feign disgust. This arrogance betrays the truth that we are all part of Leroy Pollard, and Leroy Pollard is part of us. The first person I ran into who believed the myths about Barack Obama was not a resident of a small town like Flag City, U.S.A., but a wealthy investment banker, and the parent of a Harvard graduate.
Eli Saslow - Washington Post (30 June 2008)