People often ask me why I write my blog. I respond, "I write my blog because I love my USA, I am a Christian and I am a Humanitarian. This is my cause." I don't profit from my blog. I never will. I write my blog because "there but for the grace of God go I." I am a humanitarian. What if my Dad's grandfather didn't decide upon moving to Texas 200 years ago? What if he had stayed in Mexico. What if my family didn't decide to move until now...when immigration policies were broken yet wanted their children to have a better life?
(skip forward 200 years to the time my future husband and I met and fell in love..two liberals, loving life, loving each other, loving America...hard working, starry eyed optimists.)
I remember when my husband and I were dating. It was the early 1970s. My husband and I were in our early twenties. After work, we frequented a bar owned by a blond, blue-eyed German Immigrant. Randy, the bar owner, was twenty years older than we were. He was born in Nazi Germany. He immigrated to the U.S. after the war. We later found out he was a member of the "German Youth."
My (future) husband asked him, as a friend, as someone he knew was friends to all cultures, how could HE be a member of the Hitler Youth and support such racist policies. Randy responded, "We didn't realize what was happening. We thought he was just improving our economy and our status in the world. We didn't know about the concentration camps."
I think about his words when I think about what is happening in the U.S. today, with all the racial profiling and the demonization and scape-goating of ALL Latinos. Are we ALL so blind that we fail to see what is happening in Arizona? Do we fail to see the racial profiling actions of sheriff arpaio and his masked goons? (this is an actual picture on the right) Do we fail to see what happened in Patchogue, N.Y. when the Caucasian Crew went "Beaner Stomping" EVERY WEEK after school?
This reminds me of the World War 2 days with the forced relocation and internment by the US Govt in 1942 of 110,000 Japanese Americans along the Pacific Coast. There was no rhyme or reason to it. It was based on the roller coaster steam of the ANTI Asian sentiment at the time after Pearl Harbor. The end result was a racist interment of one race of people primarily on the West Coast.
Now we see the same thing happening by the racist state senate of Arizona.
My question to all readers: Are we the people of America, going to allow these racist activities, racial profiling, to occur in all Latino neighborhoods in Arizona by masked volunteer goons? If we do allow this to happen, what will we tell our children? Or will we be like Randy and will we respond and say "we just didn't know."