The Racism Behind the Immigration Issue

For those of us who advocate discretion and compassion when dealing with families with an undocumented member, the emphasis on “enforcing the law” rings hollow.  

In this “country of law”, there will always be a law to enforce.  

Yet  historically our laws have often been a way to codify some form of white supremacist dogma, as evidenced by the immigration hardliners such as Representative Steve King.

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Immigrants with an Asterisk *

When speaking before white folk, our black citizenry often feel forced to de-emphasize the fact and effects of our history regarding the “slave caste” upon which our new nation rested.

Their concern — that white folks are often in denial and just don’t want to hear about it — has validity. However, it is possible for one to be too accommodating. 

Dr. Ben Carson, our new African American Secretary of HUD, shocked our country this week with his assertion that his ancestors were somehow inconvenienced immigrants nonetheless motivated by the American Dream.

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A White Reflection on Black History

Larry is committed to the “Greater We”, embracing and celebrating our nation’s diverse backgrounds and cultural histories. 

However, raised during the 50’s and 60’s, strict racial segregation was a way of life in the South. 

As Black History Month ends, Larry recalls a time of “we-they thinking” in this honest, confessional reflection of his formative years, believing that there is much to be learned from the past, as long as we are not willing to repeat it.

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Some Post-Electoral Reflections

The 2016 presidential election results were not only surprising, but seemed to defy logic.

Larry Eppley is a 68 year old white male — raised Republican and an evangelical Christian. 80% of his demographic voted for Donald Trump.

In this post-election reflection, Larry tries to understand the apparent willingness of white Christian evangelicals to ignore obvious signs of racism and xenophobia, with little regard to the destructive impact to our immigrant communities.

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So the Republicans Have Discovered Spanish . . .

The Republican Party has become well-known for its English Only sentiments. Anyone speaking another language has been suspect as if not truly USAmerican. Yet suddenly the Republicans have discovered Spanish! Careful notice was given the RNC audience, seen enthusiastically applauding … Continue reading →