The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. – Martin Luther King Jr.
We, at The Immigration Post, refuse to remain silent to the systematic racist oppression of people of African descent throughout the United States. Although our discussions with you throughout the years have always focused on the immigrant experience, we cannot ignore the direct correlation between the oppression of native African-American minority populations in the United States and the oppression of immigrants coming to our shores.
The 1857 Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott proclaimed, “blacks have no rights with which the white man was bound to respect.” Similarly, today immigrants have no constitutional rights which our federal government is bound to respect. The oppressive nature of the backdrop in which African-Americans live foreshadows the experience of many immigrants to America.
By every measure, wealth, income, education, or cultural, African –Americans struggle against institutional systems that deprive them of fundamental human rights. Whereas our constitution declares that “[…] All men are created equal[…],” former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall remarked in 1992, “I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories, but as I look around I see that even educated whites and African-Americans […] have lost hope in equality[…].” Almost thirty years later, we still struggle to see that hope.
While authorities are snuffing out and discarding black lives on the streets of America, from the White House, our leaders find time to craft policy to further discriminate against student immigrants based on national origin. There appears to be a concerted agenda by our current administration to oppress marginalized populations within this country both through civil authority and through initiating and promoting discriminatory policy. This is not acceptable and must change. Except for fueling hatred and inequality, there is no logical reason for this approach. Our nation continues to suffer the loss of life due to COVID-19 and, with a 40% reduction in immigration and a low birth rate, we are now looking at a future with diminished growth. The future this current administration is crafting for our country is not the future we want.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families of those slain. We will not be silent. You must not be silent. Vote against the systematic oppression of African-Americans this November. Vote “yes” for immigration reform. Make your voice heard. Vote.
By The Immigration Post – Chief Editor