Monday, March 27, 2006

Fly The Flag. Fly A Flag.

Reading some of the LAT's coverage of the walkouts in Los Angeles, one can get a muddled, mixed impression of what is really going on and whether the students marching know, understand, or care why they are out of class. Most do, but many likely don't really know about the debated bill or the other measures being considered in Congress right now.

From Switzerland, it is hard to get a good feel for what's happening back home.

I can't help but notice, however, the difference between AP photos. Some show passionate students waving American flags. Some show passionate students waving Mexican flags. Given the marchers' goals, I can't help but wonder why they would choose the latter. Well, I know why they choose the latter, but I disagree vehemently.

The Times seems to agree with me in this editorial which gets to the point better than most anything else I've read on the issue yet with my limited net and news access (note to CNN World producers - your channel is boring and superficial, please make it better).

Isolationism and fear of others comes in waves. This round is, duh, just a another fun consequence of post 9/11 alarmism. Seems Congress doesn't mind running over any old brown person in its way - which is a great way to anger a nation, jeopardize our economy, and leave us 0% safer. We've trashed our goodwill in the world and we're working on doing the same here at home among ourselves.

But as for the flags, may I suggest flying the flag of the country from which you do not wish to see people deported? Sends a much clearer message to . . . well, everyone.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

CD, you said, "Isolationism and fear of others comes in waves. This round is, duh, just a another fun consequence of post 9/11 alarmism. Seems Congress doesn't mind running over any old brown person in its way - which is a great way to anger a nation, jeopardize our economy, and leave us 0% safer. We've trashed our goodwill in the world and we're working on doing the same here at home among ourselves."

I agree wholeheartedly. Anti-immigrant hostilities do arrive in waves....and the time between those waves seems to be decreasing.

Just this year, surprisingly, the Govinator signed an bill, that apologized for the state's role in the massive deportations of over 1 million Mexicans (most citizens) during the 1930's depression..a time when being brown made you a suspect (oddly not much different than what congress would do when boiled down)....

Anyways, I fear that with Republicans losing more and more each day in the eyes of the public, they'll seize more onto this (lessons of pete wilson be damned) and things will get worse.

I hope that the massive protests in LA and across the country gave them pause.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly. I want to see a reasonable immigration policy that helps the people that are here, which are integral to our economy.

That said, how does chanting "Viva Mexico," waving Mexican flags and flashing gang signs help?

What does that say to the immigrants from dozens of other countries that are in the exact same predicament?

Anonymous said...

There will always be bozos in every large group of people, and that type of conduct of course doesn't help advance the larger message.

News media focusing on those few is disengenuous.

Also, while the large majority of protestors Saturday and yesterday were Mexican, there were still lots in those protests from Asian countries and other central and south american countries.

California has a huge Asian immigrant populaiton that is among the fasted growing in the state. This issues is theirs just as much.

Alex said...

It's interesting how the issue quickly becomes essentially a Latino or Mexican one, but it's also interesting that none of the Asian immigrants were waving their flags (so far as I know -- I could be wrong there).

Anonymous said...

The flagwaving was stupid. And the vast majority of the students walking out DID SO to get out of class, not for political reasons: evidenced by the lack of understanding that pervaded the majorities of the protestors.

Why make such a big fuss over a bill that has no chance of passing? Why isolate themselves?