Georgia passed a tough new law on Monday that seems to be directly aimed at Latino immigrants. This law, HR 4437, and the racist leanings of the Minutemen seem to me similar to the American sentiment in the late 1800’s against Asians. In 1882 the United States passed the Chinese Exclusion Act when it was concerned with the Yellow Peril. Even though the proponents of these mean spirited laws don’t say so explicitly, these new laws are aimed at Latinos. A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, and this laws smell like a Latino Exclusion Act.
It is definitely short sighted to personally attack one of America’s closes and largest trade partner. In our age of globalization we can not alienate our friends, allies, and trade partners in such a manner. A student and protester in Washington D.C. said it best when she held a cardboard sign that read, “You want us to open our borders, but you close yours.”
The Economist covered the recent protest in Washington D.C. in it’s April 15th issue. The Economist quotes Ted Kennedy who said, “I look across this historic gathering and see the future of America.” A protester is quoted as saying, “Today we march, tomorrow we vote.”
[tags]HR 4437, georia, minutemen, racism, brown peril, yellow peril[/tags]