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Tension is a GOOD Thing!

Today I came across a Blog that I can respect and fear all at once!  I found it thanks to Patheos Featured Blogger, The Crescat.

I realize that the above sentence can be completely misconstrued.
I Love The Crescat’s Blog.  She’s witty, knowledgeable and Beautiful to boot ;)
But I don’t fear her Blog (perhaps I should?? heh heh) It makes me think.  It makes me laugh. It offers different perspectives…such as today.

I thoroughly enjoyed one of the Blogs she talked about (yes, talked, because I can hear her in my head, among other voices), the other, though I respect their views, I feared is propagating Ignorance and Hatred.

Huge statement, I know!

But this is what I think (thank you Bad Catholic and The Crescat for the Constructive Criticism and Ejumakashun), that one must try to be responsible with this media, with one’s weapon, our keyboard!  I said as much as I commented on Mr. Roach’s Blog.

I know I’m guilty of the same thing, I think.  I believe any individual who is blogging probably is. We write, or type rather, and release our Golem onto the world and no longer are able to control it.  It takes on a life of its own.

But the comment Mr. Roach made caused Tension and Stirring within, and I quote:

[...] The false dilemma ignores that Mexicans in America have higher social problems across the board, as represented by their epicenters in the Rio Grande Valley or East LA.

The link that one is taken to is a report of a Mexican that Brutally Raped and Murdered a 16-yr-old Girl.  Believe Me!! I am in NO WAY making light of what this person did!
But to take this report and utilize it as your “Proof” that an entire People has “higher social problems across the board,” I think is Truly Irresponsible and Dangerous!

I did not make that same Generalization in regards to the Many Mexicans that are Killed, Raped and Mutilated at the hands of those Individuals that take it upon themselves to patrol our Borders and perform atrocities to those that have the Misfortune of being caught by them.  Among those Mexicans are Men, Women, Boys and Girls…all different ages.

What if Entire Groups still held the Belief that the White Man is the Devil?  Would that be accurate?  U.S. History shows and demonstrates what he has done under the guise of Christianity…

Which brings me to another Dr. King Quote, also from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” that I wrote in regards to the same topic of Immigration

I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.

NUFF SAID!


Por qué?! Why?!

Injustice anywhere

is a threat to justice

everywhere.

This is one of my favorite quotes…

It reinforces our Responsibility to Others.

How can we sit idly by and do nothing?
That makes us just a Guilty and those that are committing the Injustice…You know that, right?

This quote is from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He wrote a letter in response to 8 White ALABAMA clergymen who were adamant that though social injustices existed, that these should be battled solely in the courts, not in the streets. The called him an Outside Agitator!

To which he wrote “Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]” that contains the above quote…on April 16, 1963. Yes, from an ALABAMA Jail…

[...] I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

Yesterday, The New York Times (quickly gaining a reputation for not being so reputable, see here) released this news story about…wait for it…ALABAMA!

Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn (was anyone reminded of Happy Feet? I’m demented, I know), a Federal Judge from BIRMINGHAM, Alabama upheld most of the provisions of the state’s Immigration Enforcement Law that basically allows state and local authorities to question and ask for immigration status paperwork.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t walk around or go to school with my PR Card.

Yes, her ruling is being appealed by the Justice Department and some Civil Rights Groups, but should it really have gone this far??  How did we allow it?

On the surface one may be tempted to say, “big deal.”  “So what?”  “If they’re here illegally, they should get kicked out” and any slew of these types of phrases…

But it IS a big deal!  You must understand how deep the ramifications go…

Can you, by looking at an individual identify if they are legal?  No?  So then, the authorities can’t be expected to either.  Thus, they will have to stop people.  Who do you think they will stop?  Let’s see…Racial Profiling is Not Allowed…so they can’t go by Race, right?
I guess they’ll just stop everyone, right?  So, the Police Force that should be patrolling and protecting Individuals from Robberies, Assault, Rape, etc. will be stopping every person in Alabama to ask for their Legal Status.  Seems like a waste of Tax Dollars to me.

What about those families that are composed of kids that are U.S. Citizens, a Dad that is a Legal Resident and an Aunt who isn’t (or any variation thereof you choose)?  They will ALL leave and ARE leaving Alabama because of fear!  They are a Family and don’t wish to be separated.  Would you?  What about those situations, because it has and IS happening in some states of the Nation where Mommy or Daddy are being stopped and they forgot to carry their Papers with them.  As a result, they are now being detained and/or arrested.  Their families know nothing of their whereabouts.  Their KIDS are now alone.  What then?  What if it was you?  Your kids?

There is no easy solution.  I am the first to admit.  But the moment that you allow laws like this to pass you are only generating Fear and Hatred! The results are below…please, I do warn you, probably a little late, but I am warning you, the image is Graphic!

I posted the link to this article on my FB Page (shameless plug, I know)…and I posted a very brief comment.

This is the result of Individuals "Protecting" their country. Does it make YOUR stomach churn too?

But this gnaws at me.  It eats away at me!  It corrodes my Soul! It pains me at the core of my Being!

How can we stand idly by and still see so much Injustice surrounding us?

Because it’s not happening to me?

Corazón que no ve, Corazón que no Siente??

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lukewarm is the worst place to be.  As Revelation tells us:

Here is the message of the Amen, the trustworthy, the true witness, the Principle of God’s creation:
I know about your activities: how you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were one or the other, but since you are neither hot nor cold, but only lukewarm,
I will spit you out of my mouth.

~ Chapter 3: 14-16.

I know I am bombarding you with quotes with what may seem on the surface to be unrelated issues.  But delve into your Soul.  That part of you that knows what is Right and what is Wrong.  You can feel the Injustice in your Bones, I know you can.

In Alabama, once again, injustice is the order of the day.

Allow me to correct myself in regards to the above statement.  This law apparently IS working.

Mr. Orr said there were already signs that the law was working, pointing out that the work-release center in Decatur, about 50 miles to the northwest, was not so long ago unable to find jobs for inmates with poultry processors or home manufacturers. Since the law was enacted in June, he said, the center has been placing more and more inmates in these jobs, now more than 150 a day.

~ “After Ruling, Hispanics Flee  an Alabama Town,” by Campbell Robertson.

Injustice that is feeding off of Anger,off of Frustration at not being able to provide the basics for our Families because we don’t have a job.

But look deeper.  Remove that poison injected into your brain by the Prejudice, Scapegoat Mentality Media.  By Fear Mongers.  By those that are Ignorant know all too well where the Solution to Our Country’s money troubles lie.

I have shared with you before where the money is.  Where the solution is, thanks to the never-ending, admirable efforts of Mr. Michael Moore.

The People of Alabama and other states in Our Great Nation need to open their minds, their hearts and seek the Truth.

There is money.  There is the possibility for everyone to have a decent, good standard of life.
What is hindering this is…GREED!

Not Immigrants!  Don’t buy into the lies!

Need I warn you that I will have more on this???