Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Oh No! Here We Go Again!

I wondered how long it would take. Although I was hoping against hope that it wouldn't happen, I should have started setting an over/under on it.

I mean blaming Mexican immigrants for the swine flu!

It happened during Hurricane Katrina, it took about two days before people started blaming the poor for not getting out fast enough. You knew it would happen.

And now this!

"...Thursday, Boston talk radio host Jay Severin was suspended after calling Mexican immigrants "criminalians" during a discussion of swine flu and saying that emergency rooms had become "essentially condos for Mexicans."

“Our people are calling us and they are concerned,” said Florencia Velasco Fortner, chief executive officer of Dallas Consilio of Hispanic Organizations, an umbrella of affiliated service groups. “Even our staff members are starting to get a little discouraged. There was anti-immigrant sentiment prior to this and this adds fuel to the fire.”

Its unfortunate, but there are people who wait to exploit any crisis as a reason why 'they' shouldn't be there (insert any group who happens to vulnerable or exploitable).

Its something that doesn't happen when the economy hums along, when we are at peace and when 'they' (whoever they may be), are willing to endure exploitation in silence.

But then again, real bigotry doesn't need an excuse. Just a microphone!

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