Saturday, April 08, 2006

Inactivists

From today's WaPo comes a story on students getting credit for attending the big immigration rally, scheduled for Monday. The reaction has not been all roses and buttercups. Several parents phoned in their complaints to the school systems offices, and best of all:


callers were abusive to school system staff, using derogatory ethnic comments in expressing their views


First off, the bigotry strain in the anti-immigrant set is astounding. Why are these people so full of ill-will? They really seem filled with hater for immigrants, the vast majority are law-abiding human beings who find themselves in an awkward political and social position.

Secondly, props to Montgomery County for rewarding activism. You finally have students who care enough about an issue to go out and do something about it. I question the motives of those who stifle such participation, by youths or anyone else. (To be fair, anti-immigrant non-profit organizations are equally viable options, should students wish to take up that activist cause. And rightly so, methinks.)

The tenor of this immigration debate saddens.

2 Comments:

Blogger bikkhouschka said...

you know... i have to say, that in these last couple of months of bus riding i have not heard a single person say anything condescending about the large percentage of mexican travelers. :)
you think it has anything to do wiht the fact that the vast majority of the remaining travelers are also 'minorities' ?

9/4/06 3:39 PM  
Blogger t(h)om said...

at times, it's up to america's children to tell their parents that they're being assholes.

10/4/06 9:55 AM  

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