Today, a friend in my class said to me “I think the federal government should be tougher on immigration.” When I asked her what she meant by “tougher”, she told me more people should be deported. Then I told her that Obama has been deporting people without permission to live here at a higher rate than any other President.
I wonder what people think when they think “illegal alien”? From what I can tell, people think “lazy, undesirable Mexicans who are ruining our economy”. So when someone uses terms like “illegal alien” around me or if they have the nerve, to me, is it surprising that I want to burst open? Is it surprising that I picture my grandma’s face and my mother’s face and the faces of the dairy farmworkers I protested with, aged by labor, yet strong and resilient, and always sharing a smile with me?
I get so angry my throat dries up and I feel like I’ve swallowed my heart. Thank you for the reminder that to you “Mexican” is dirty and not human. I don’t live for you.
We assume others show love the same way we do — and if they don’t, we worry it’s not there.
Let me talk to you a place nice and quiet… There ain’t no one there to interrupt… Ain’t gotta rush… I just wanna take it nice & slooow
It’s weird how you can completely ignore someone who you’ve slept with. Not like we haven’t seen each other naked or anything you know…
God bless every single doctor, nurse, and paramedic in Gaza. They are warriors.
Because capitalism is inherently racist, police departments everywhere serve at the behest of corporate sponsored governments — that is, in protective service of white supremacist private corporate power. As an institution police departments operate as state sanctioned gangs employed to uphold the violent, racist hierarchy of capitalism and, whenever possible, to further the monopoly of power where all violence from/by those higher on the hierarchy upon those lower can be legalized and normalized. Any deviation from this narrative, any counterviolence — or even the threat of force — by those lower on the hierarchy upon those higher is met with brutal repression. This is why cops are always present at protests. It is not to “keep the peace.” It is to protect the private property/interests of corporate power, the owners of US government, and to maintain at all times the explicit reminder of America’s power hierarchy, meaning, inevitably, black and brown people’s brutalization above all others. Such will always be the primary function of police no matter who we elect — Democrat or Republican — so long as the cement between private corporate power and government remains un-fractured. Thus we know, all cops may not be racist, but all cops replicate/enforce white supremacist, capitalist oppression.