Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Racism in Prince William Area

Racism
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. Example: "Help Save Manassas" (HSM) and John Stirrup communicating their need to "save OUR culture" from the "invaders" who don't speak our language and spread "lawlessness" and "disease."
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. Examples: the "immigration resolution" which reduces every foreign looking or speaking person to the category of "illegal," guilty until proven innocent. The BOCS cutting school budgets and declaring the policy a success because ESOL students have left the program. The BOCS taking its policy from a designated hate group (FAIR) and pushing it through to satisfy the agenda of Cory Stewart, John Stirrup, Greg Letiecq and many members of HSM which include Council members and other political figures.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. Example: residents who rejoice over empty houses and failing businesses because the exodus of means the "illegals" are leaving. Residents who tout, if the "legals" are leaving too, it doesn't matter and is good because they probably have "illegal" family members anyway. Residents who hate foreign music and use of foreign language. Residents who scream at children and persecute people from other cultures.

Racist

1932 as a noun, 1938 as an adjective, from race (n.2); racism is first attested 1936 (from Fr. racisme, 1935), originally in the context of Nazi theories. But they replaced earlier words, racialism (1907) and racialist (1917), both often used at first in a British or South African context.

We have such residents and leaders in the Prince William County area. We have a policy taken from a hate group and marketed by racist leaders with their own political agendas. Therefore, when I use the word "racist" or "Nazi," I do so to describe the actions of these community members who have begun, contributed to and continue to propagate racism in this area instead of finding legal, local, productive, just solutions that benefit every resident and instead of lobbying for national reform where the responsibility of immigration policy, law, and enforcement lie.

One of the greatest fighters of racism, Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream of equality for every human being in the face of a history that had determined African Americans to be inferior, to not be considered citizens, to be treated as owned laborers. "The tendency to ignore the Negro's contribution to American life and to strip him of his personhood is as old as the earliest history books and as contemporary as the morning's newspaper." The same has happened to the Hispanic, Asian, and other non-criminal documented and undocumented communities searching for a legal passage to citizenship. It is happening again and now in our county and surrounding cities. Our leaders have not heeded the lessons gifted to us by history.

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