We’re gonna jump right in, chil’ren…
A curious advertisement appeared in Newsweek magazine’s February 20, 2006 edition. On page 75 there is a full page policy statement from an organization called Coalition for a Humanistic Euro-British Canada. A bitch did a quick Google search and found a CBC write up about the same policy statement. The Coalition for a Humanistic Euro-British Canada (whew...wordy as a motherfucker) would like to limit immigration to Canada to include only Europeans and Brits. They would also like to see English become universally adopted as the official language for the world. Which begs the question…does this motherfucker not realize that English is not universally spoken in Europe?
This bitch found it fascinating that this ad would be placed in Newsweek here in the United States. A bitch isn’t saying that Newsweek shouldn’t have taken the ad…but it is curious that this very Canadian issue should be advocated here. Could it be that Michael Chessman, founder of this coalition, is trying to rally a North American European/British immigration push? A bitch decided to ask Mr. Chessman via e-mail…he has yet to respond. But then it did come from firstname.lastname@example.org (wink).
The obvious flaw here…please let it be obvious…is that limiting immigration to Europeans and/or Brits in no way guarantees that those immigrants will be white. There are multi-generational families of various cultural backgrounds who are European or British. But it seems clear that Mr. Chessman would like to see some white immigrants come forth and repopulate Canada. But that’s not right, either…Canada, like the United States, was pre-populated with First Nations long before the European invasion.
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Clearly Michael said fuck it…he wants 'English speaking immigrants' and he wants them now!
A bitch sees this issue with American eyes.
Fear followed by loathing…
A bitch lives in St. Louis and St. Louis is an immigrant city. The French founded it and the masses followed. Italians, Germans, Irish and so forth all made the River City their home. And each new group was treated to the legendary St. Louis cold shoulder.
We are slow to warm up unless you went to high school here (go Vikings!).
Most blacks originally came to Missouri as slaves, but a huge population immigrated here during the great Northern migration in the 1900’s. Chinese immigrants settled here too, following the westward expansion of the country. Later years have brought immigrants from just about everywhere, most recently Bosnia.
Yeah…St. Louis, like all of America, has always been a haven for immigrants.
And with immigration comes ignorance, discrimination, oppression and bullshit built on a foundation of low self esteem and fear.
When this bitch attended college out East my ass found out that quotas had existed at elite universities that restricted Jews from attending.
A bitch lived in Boston and learned that storefronts used to have signs that read Irish need not apply.
A bitch visited New York and learned that horrible stereotypes and depictions were widely accepted about Italian immigrants.
This bitch lives in St. Louis, where street names were changed during World War II to erase the city's German heritage.
And in East St. Louis there was a horrific race riot in the early 1900s that resulted from white worker's fears that relocating black laborers would take their jobs at a lower wage.
The same might not be true of Canada, but American immigration policy is well interpreted through fear and loathing. The 'original other' acting in fear against the 'new other'.
What gets lost in the deep valley of insecurity and self doubt is the fact that diversity was part of the American experiment from day one.
And a bitch has always been fascinated by people who automatically assume that they are being denied or threatened when someone else is given an opportunity.
Did that 'other' get the job you should have...or did the 'other' get the job you weren't ever going to get?
Maybe it’s just less painful on that ego to blame the Bosnian next door…
A bitch will letcha know if Mr. Chessman decides to share.
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