Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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November 18th, 2008
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Could a Person of Color from an Immigrant Family Be Elected in Europe?  

Could a Person of Color from an Immigrant Family Be Elected in Europe?
By Sanjay Suri, IPS News
Europe seems to offer neither popular nor political acceptability to members of its minority groups. Read more »

 

This week, my friend David Neiwert interviewed Mark Potok, Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, who had some important words of warning. Potok told Neiwert that he thinks "there's something remarkable happening out there."

"I think we really are beginning to see a white backlash that may grow fairly large. The situation's worrying.

"Not only do we have continuing nonwhite immigration, not only is the economy in the tank and very likely to get worse, but we have a black man in the White House. That is driving a kind of rage in a certain sector of the white population that is very, very worrying to me.

"We are seeing literally hundreds of incidents around the country -- from cross-burnings to death threats to effigies hanging to confrontations in schoolyards, and it's quite remarkable.

"I think that there are political leaders out there who are saying incredibly irresponsible things that could have the effect of undamming a real flood of hate. That includes media figures. On immigration, they have been some of the worst."

"There's a lot going on, and it's very likely to lead to scapegoating. And in the end, scapegoating leaves corpses in the street."

Some of us have been trying to get that last point across for some time.

Plenty of content this week, so dig in.

Joshua Holland
Editor, immigration special coverage

 

Immigration Reform Under Obama Likely To Be Piecemeal  

Immigration Reform Under Obama Likely To Be Piecemeal

A President Obama might not be able to take on immigration reform as a top-level priority during an economic downturn. Read more »

Obama, New Congress Offer Hope for Pragmatic Immigration Reform  

Obama, New Congress Offer Hope for Pragmatic Immigration Reform

The results of elections 2008 are good news for immigration reform, but there's still a potentially rocky road ahead. Read more »

Latino Vote Fueling Republican Introspection  

Latino Vote Fueling Republican Introspection

The GOP's rhetoric on immigration played an enormous role in a significant shift among Latino voters. Read more »

Profligate Water Use in the U.S. Is Fueling the Flight of Mexicans Across the Border  

Profligate Water Use in the U.S. Is Fueling the Flight of Mexicans Across the Border

Green lawns, swimming pools, and corporate farms in the desert Southwest are taking their toll on our neighbors to the south. Read more »

Why John McCain Lost the Latino Vote  

Why John McCain Lost the Latino Vote

Many Latinos are angry at Republicans for pushing for the criminalization and mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. Read more »

Rahm Emanuel Makes the Right Move on Colombia Trade Deal  

Rahm Emanuel Makes the Right Move on Colombia Trade Deal

Obama's new chief of staff shows that he intends to carry the Obama program forward -- not his own. Read more »

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Citizens Fight Back Against Hate After the Brutal Murder of Marcello Lucero  

Citizens Fight Back Against Hate After the Brutal Murder of Marcello Lucero

Last weekend, 7 teenage punks murdered Marcello Lucero because they wanted to go get a "a Mexican." Read more »

Obama Needs to Bring Change to Our Fatally Flawed Immigration System  

Obama Needs to Bring Change to Our Fatally Flawed Immigration System

The promise from Obama's transition team to strip away agency practices inconsistent with his vision of change comes not a moment too soon. Read more »

Why Did ICE Head Julie Myers Resign the Day After the Election?  

Why Did ICE Head Julie Myers Resign the Day After the Election?

Myers leaves amid speculation that she was the source of the leak about the status of Obama's undocumented Kenyan aunt. Read more »

 

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