So apparently the mayor of Columbus, Ohio, has pissed a few people off by proclaiming a city boycott of the great state on Arizona. This comes in wake of the recent passage of their racist anti-immigration laws.
“Well damn RiPPa, are you just gonna keep bombarding us with this immigration shit?! Is this all you are ever gonna talk about?!!”
Yes I am! As long as people don’t see the need for this to be an issue; especially, a racial issue some say black folks should not concern themselves with? Um, I’m gonna have something to say about it.
Also, as long as “certain people” feel the need to dehumanize another group of people who just so happen to be born in another country? You know, like these clowns in the following story? Yes, I’ll have something to say:
Immigrant groups are asking a local talk-radio station to apologize for promoting a Phoenix giveaway that it launched after Columbus’ mayor suspended city travel to Arizona to protest its new immigration law.
WTVN-AM (610) promoted the giveaway as a trip to Phoenix “where Americans are proud and illegals are scared.”
The contest, which ended tonight, was designed to capitalize on the maelstrom kicked up by Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s decision, said WTVN program director Mike Elliott.
It was the most popular the station has had, he said. About 5,000 people entered the drawing for round-trip airfare to Phoenix, hotel accommodations, a “few pesos” and the opportunity to “spend a weekend chasing aliens and spending cash in the desert.”[…]
[…] At a news conference today, Reform Immigration for America called the promotion insensitive and offensive and said it inferred a racial bias. The group supports providing documents to immigrants already living in the country without permission.
Jose Luis Mas, chairman of the Ohio Hispanic Coalition, said at the news conference that the station was inviting the contest winner to “spend a weekend hunting human beings.”
“I think it’s an attack on the immigrant community,” said Cristina Villacinda-Farr, a 40-year-old Dublin resident who came to the states 20 years ago from Venezuela and became a citizen. Villacinda-Farr took issue with the promotion’s use of the word alien. “I am an alien, but not illegal,” she said. […]
[…] Elliott said the station does not plan to apologize. He disagreed that the promotion contained racial overtones.
“It comes down to the word illegal for me. It’s not a race thing. It’s a legal thing,” he said. “If you’re breaking the law, it doesn’t matter where you’re from.” (Source)Listen, the late Howard Zinn once said, “The cry of the poor is is not always just, but if you don’t listen to it, you will never know what justice is.” From where I’m sitting, there’s nothing “just” or “humane” about a contest that promotes the hunting of human beings.
But I suppose something like this is no big deal to “certain people” across the country. I mean what’s the big deal, right? It’s not like they hunting niggers, or anything like that, right? I suppose that if the shoe were on the other foot like in the following video, stuff like what the radio station proposes wouldn’t be funny: