LatinaLista — It’s a question that some on one side answer: “it doesn’t exist” while the other side can’t believe those who deny it can’t see it.
Maybe it’s because racism has become such an acceptable way of talking and seeing people of other ethnicities that it’s considered normal, at the least, it’s become acceptable.
But finally, there are people who are lifting their blinders off and are taking a good look at what is happening in this country and they’re speaking out.
For example, in Oklahoma where some of the most barbaric laws aimed at penalizing undocumented immigrants have been passed, someone at a recent forum had the courage to stand up and say:
â€œWe canâ€™t even get to the solution when we are defining people as less than human,â€ said forum attendee Ed Romo of Midwest City, who described the new law as close to the old Jim Crow laws. â€œIâ€™m really worried because up to now, there hasnâ€™t been an outrage. What would be the next logical step? Public floggings? â€¦ Where is the limit?â€
In Kansas, a former police officer at a meeting regarding the state police tactics on stopping motorists said:
Former Wichita police officer Steven Young said someone needs to police the police because the department hasn’t substantiated any citizen complaints of racial profiling.
“My question to them is, are they promoting racism or are they racist?” he said.
Another attendee at the meeting asked the officials present:
Emira Palacios a community activist, told task force members to look at who pays the most traffic fines.
“Do you think blacks and Hispanics are bad drivers and whites are good drivers?” she said.
And in an article in the Manitou Messenger, the reporter wrote:
The Northfield bar sceneâ€™s policies on foreign IDs are about as clear as a fresh pitcher of lager. Both Froggy Bottoms Pub and the Reub â€˜n Stein, as of six months ago, maintain that a passport is the only acceptable form of foreign ID.
Initially I considered this protocol rational because it serves the barsâ€™ means. However, I am repulsed by the following accounts, specifically the barsâ€™ sudden lack of inclusivity.
I spoke with two Reub bartenders who cited trouble verifying IDs of â€œMexican truck driversâ€ and â€œHispanics.â€ They explained that they were unsure of what those foreign IDs looked like and that some Latin American countries did not have stringent issuing processes, rendering the bartenders unsure of the carrierâ€™s birthdate.
I asked the bartenders how they had learned about these illegitimate issuing processes, and they failed to provide a solid answer. When pressed, they identified their sources as the police and â€œfriendly Hispanicsâ€.
The prioritization of retaining a liquor license is reasonable as it is the basis for business, however the Reubâ€™s rationale only masks complacent racial discrimination.
Is it possible they enacted the policy as an implicit means of keeping out Hispanics by assuming their illegality? I hope Iâ€™m amplifying this. Otherwise, it is backward logic reflective of a set of motives uninvolved with anything regarding the bottom line.
There are countless cases being reported of how everyday citizens, who yesterday never gave a second thought to immigration, are being forced to confront it simply because of the rampant racism that has taken hold in this country.
Because of this, the question should not be asked if illegal immigration is the problem but rather is the growing racism in this country a problem bigger and more lethal to national unity than people who just want to work.