It's not racist to be against illegal aliens

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Can we stop the race baiting, please? The only people who talk about "illegal humans" are liberal progressives as they attempt to impugn the character and motives of people who think laws should be followed. The correct, official term is "illegal alien." As an "older, whiter" descendant of "European" grandparents who legally immigrated to this country, I'm getting really tired of being called a racist because I believe our "brown brethren" should also come here legally. But I guess it's OK to practice racism against whites today. 

On Feb. 7, 2017 the Review quoted Sally Cody referring to the art project on the bridge, "We want to stay away from anything that's too political," Cody said. "We want to make sure we are not offending anyone." I'm not standing up for the vandalism, but if they had stuck to the idea of keeping politics out of it, there wouldn't have been any vandalism. 

Saying, "No human is illegal," is offensive to me because I know I'm being called a racist. If we don't support illegal immigration we're racists, and that's exactly how the Nov. 27 editorial ended. It's disgusting.

Richard Wright

Forest Park

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William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: December 9th, 2019 11:32 PM

Setting aside for the moment our current government's fascists predilection for putting LEGAL immigrants in cages, I have to say, as an American citizen currently in Nicaragua on a 90 day visa, I plan to maintain my legal alien status while here. And if I stay longer than 90 days without renewing the visa they gave me at my request, I will accept the fact that the Nicaraguan authorities will consider me an ILLEGAL alien. Just like the Vietnamese have made it clear in the visa material they sent me that I may remain in their country for no longer than 30 days, starting Dec. 30. Otherwise I will face legal consequences for violating their laws. That does not for a moment make me less human, just subject to civil and possibly criminal penalties for violating their laws. How some people believe America is somehow different in this regard has always been difficult for me to understand.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: December 9th, 2019 11:36 AM

Richard, here's my two cents. I thank you for your courteous language, but I want you to know that I proudly think of myself as a "liberal progressive", and here's why. Throughout history, liberal progressives were the ones leading the fight against slavery, against child labor, for civil rights and the rights of women to vote, laws to protect our air, water, and common lands; and for social services that help ordinary people, over corporations. Like you, I also very strongly believe in the rule of law. But presently, if our laws regarding undocumented workers were strictly enforced, our economy would collapse, businesses would close down, and grocery items like chicken and broccoli would go up to $20 a pound. I'm sorry you feel like you're being called a racist. And it may be a matter of semantics, but I think it's important that we acknowledge that actions can be illegal, but humans are always legitimate.

Michelle Andres Fitz-Henry  

Posted: December 8th, 2019 7:58 PM

I don't really talk about it much but I will say I am willing to help clean up the mess from the person who defaces public property who has an issue with the "no humans are illegal" spot on the bridge. I imagine this person likely has a lot of issues far beyond this. I too am an "older, whiter" descendant of "European" grandparents. I served in the military for 20 years and I am kinda about rules and am not a liberal progressive. It's stunning how you and I read these words so differently. I am in no way, shape, or form offended - nor do I think anyone is calling me a racist. Not exactly sure why you quoted Sally Cody but In my opinion - saying "if they had stuck to the idea of keeping politics out of it there wouldn't have been any vandalism" isn't too far a stretch, in my opinion, from saying, "well if she wasn't wearing that outfit" or "if they weren't in that neighborhood" - I'm sure you can fill in the blanks there. I am proud of my service which gives you the opportunity to present your point of view. That is probably one of the very many reasons people want to be here in this great country. Happy to have contributed.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: December 7th, 2019 2:41 PM

God, I love that woman.

Amy Binns-Calvey  

Posted: December 7th, 2019 10:07 AM

...oh, and I guess that's my husband eating popcorn in the other room...Ha!

Amy Binns-Calvey  

Posted: December 7th, 2019 8:50 AM

Dear Richard, No one called you a racist. No one called all "older, whiter" people racists. The term "illegal alien" is problematic because it uses language that dehumanizes people. Calling someone an alien makes it easier to devalue them. If I called you just an "old white guy" that would devalue you, (that's why I'll use your name). There are now movements to stop using this language because it is not accurate. A human being is not an alien. A human being cannot be illegal. A human cannot be illegal because there are no laws against existence. If someone has broken the law, they are still a human. That is one of the things that I think makes America great ?" we treat all people with respect ?" even people who write letters to the editor because they think they are being called a racist. I sincerely hope this doesn't offend you. And I sincerely hope that the children's sign on the bridge continues to be the welcoming message they intended it to be.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: December 5th, 2019 5:31 PM

I think I'm just going to sit back, make some popcorn, and watch this one.

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