Boycott! A Powerful Term! A Powerful Action. Ghandi knew it. Martin Luther King knew it. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerte knew it. Boycott is a partner to Truth and Justice. Truth and Justice always outlasts Fear Mongering and Violence.
FEAR Mongering and Violence Never work long term. Occasionally, these tactics may make people back up, but they never last long term.
All Humanitarians and lovers of Freedom, Justice and the American Way realize the inhumanitarian and racial profiling SB1070 is wrong. It was wrong when Eisenhower imposed Operation Wetback in the 1950s and it is wrong today.
When I was a little girl, when my mom listened to the news, she always said a prayer. I asked her, "Mom, why are you saying a prayer?" She prayed that the name of the perpetrator was not Latino. I asked her why. She said, "Because for us, when the criminal is a Latino, then they make all of us guilty." That was in the 1950s. As a small child, I was not aware that Operation Wetback was going on in the Southern States.
Now, with SB1070, what many are calling Operation Wetback 2010, the same Fear Mongering environment is occurring. I can feel it. I can see it. It is happening all around us. The ANTI Immigration Reformers are utilizing their scare tactics to inhibit distrust and fear against ALL Latinos. When I listen to the news now and a Latino happens to be the perp, I get a chill and hear my mother's words in my ear. I myself am starting to say a little prayer, "Please don't let it be a Latino."
Do you know what I find interesting is, the same thing doesn't happen with Northern European ethnicity. The news announcer says, "Scott Peterson was just arrested for murdering his pregnant wife..." (Insert BTK, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, on and on ad naseum) and no one says, "Oh no. We gotta get rid of the White Guy." But insert a Latino name, like Gomez, Lopez, Medina, etc., then suddenly, heads are turning, whispers start whispering "....oh those illeegals. We need to get rid of them." The same thing is happening with the Robert Krentz murder and the deputy shooting: "Oh those illeegals. We gotta get rid of them."
It is TIME for that attitude to stop. We have to stop SB1070. We have to BOYCOTT. A Boycott works because you hit them in the pocketbook, where it hurts them most. I know Humanitarians and Latinos are traditionally "nice guys", quiet and humble. We hate to make waves. But we don't have to be silent. We need to join together and say STOP IT! when Racial Profiling laws are passed. WE need to say STOP IT when ALL Latinos are blamed when one person commits a crime. WE need to say STOP IT when even one citizen is humiliated and made to feel like trash in a Suppression Sweep.
During the Civil Rights boycotts, the bus boycotts lasted over a year. The boycotts were met with violence and harassment. Dr. King's home was bombed. But he responded with, "We must learn to meet HATE with LOVE." The bus boycotts lasted over a year. It eventually took the United States Supreme Court to support Civil Rights and end the boycotts.
Boycotts work! When Arizona refused to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday in the 1990s, it was a BOYCOTT of the state that convinced them to approve the holiday.
A Peaceful Boycott of Arizona WILL Work! All opposers to the racial profiling bill should BOYCOTT Arizona. Join the Facebook Groups Boycotting Arizona. "1 MILLION Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070" and other like groups. Stop visiting Arizona. Stop spending in Arizona. Do not spend your dollars with any Arizona company. Do this for the world to see. If we Boycott Arizona, the world will see the impact on their economy. Perhaps then they will realize that they cannot racially profile Latinos. They cannot treat us like 2nd class citizens. They cannot treat us with disrespect.
One more thing. Tomorrow, on Cinco de Mayo, BOYCOTT ANHEUSER BUSCH (Cindy McCain's beer; number 1 business in AZ), especially Bud and Bud Light. For tomorrow at least, if you must drink beer, drink Dos Equis or Miller or some other beer or wine.
I love the United States and I am a believer in the Declaration of Independence.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men/women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." TO ALL YOU ANTI'S I SAY -- THIS INCLUDES ALL LATINOS!!
God Bless America!